Smartville family homeless due to fire |

Smartville family homeless due to fire

Fire destroyed a Smartville-area home Monday, leaving its occupants homeless.

There were no injuries reported, but the home’s residents, Cozmo Phelps and Roseanne Segal, lost all their belongings and their dog. They were out of town attending the funeral of Segal’s father when the fire occurred.

The home, at 11341 Wild Turkey Lane, was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived, said Engineer Clay Thomas of the Penn Valley Fire Department.

The two-story house was destroyed, with damages estimated at $350,000. Neighbors reported it at 10:46 a.m. Monday.

The cause of the fire is as yet undetermined, Thomas said. A total of 20 firefighters responded to the blaze, from the Grass Valley Fire Department, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Protection District, Penn Valley Fire Protection District, Smartville Fire District, and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The 3Cozmo and Roseanne Fire Fund² has been set up at Citizens Bank of Nevada County to help the people left homeless by the fire. Checks can be dropped off at any Citizens Bank branch or mailed c/o Citizens Bank of Nevada County, 709A Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

– John Dickey

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