South Nevada County horse barn destroyed by fire |

South Nevada County horse barn destroyed by fire

A vacant metal-sided horse barn in south Nevada County was destroyed by fire of unknown origin early Sunday.

Cal Fire Capt. John Hotchkiss, a fire specialist and spokesperson, said the blaze was called in at 5:35 a.m. by a neighbor of the barn, located off of Highway 49 and Rincon Way.

Firefighters from Cal Fire, Higgins Fire Protection District, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Placer County Fire Department and Placer Hills Fire Protection District responded to the call, Hotchkiss said.

“We had 11 engines and two water tenders on it,” he said. “It was more that we needed the water.”

“We had 11 engines and two water tenders on it. It was more that we needed the water.”
John Hotchkiss
Cal Fire Captain

He said the barn, about 8,000 square feet in size and located on a flat landing area, was a total loss. Owners of the property are estimating damages at $400,000, Hotchkiss said.

A nearby motor home was the only structure threatened, but Hotchkiss said the fire was contained by firefighters before it reached the trailer, which was occupied. He said there was a forested area nearby, so the blaze could have presented some wildland fire issues if it had spread.

“They did a good job,” Hotchkiss said of the firefighters at the scene.

Hotchkiss said the barn had included horse stalls, but hadn’t been used to house horses for some time. There were no horses or other animals inside when the fire broke out, he said.

Firefighters were still at the scene later on Sunday checking for hot spots and ashes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Hotchkiss said.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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