UPDATE: 3-year-old girl dies in fire
UPDATE at 9:11 a.m. Monday
Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Fire Marshal Terry McMahan confirmed Monday morning that a 3-year-old girl, previously reported missing in a Grass Valley residential fire Friday evening, died as a result of the fire.
According to McMahan, the fire, which took place on the 10000 block of Park View Drive, appears to have been accidental, although investigation of the cause of the fire is ongoing.
“If people have any information, please call the (Nevada County Consolidated) Fire District and talk to Patrick Mason. He’s the lead fire investigator,” said McMahan. The Nevada County Consolidated Fire District phone number is 530-265-4431.
Responding to a residential fire in the 10000 block of Park View Drive in Grass Valley, first responders located two burn victims, an adult and a child, Friday evening.
The victims were transported by helicopter to a regional burn center.
Julia Stidham, a relative of the victims and an employee of The Union, identified them as a mother and son.
Stidham said the mother has been discharged from the hospital as of Sunday, and the son is still hospitalized, although his burns are not as severe as the family had initially feared. She added that he will not need any surgery or skin grafting.
The family has not received confirmation from authorities as of Sunday regarding whether a 3-year-old girl, reported missing at the time, died as a result of the fire, said Stidham.
“Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we were told she was in the house and did not make it out,” Stidham wrote in an email Sunday. She said the accounts of this being the case came primarily from neighbors and other witnesses.
Both Cal Fire and Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department are investigating this fire.
Victoria Penate is a staff writer for The Union. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Caldor Fire burned hottest in decimated communities, and the landscape has dramatically changed on the main highway leading to South Lake Tahoe