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Fire believed to be accident

Local authorities have tentatively determined that an accident caused the blaze that recently destroyed a Cedar Ridge-area building.

The fire occurred at about 9 a.m. Saturday at 19443 Tiger Lilly Lane and seriously burned resident Eric Elliott, 38.

Elliott was in critical condition Wednesday evening at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. According to officials, he suffered burns to more than a third of his body.

The intensity of the blaze was suspicious enough for the sheriff’s office to bring in the State Fire Marshal’s Office and arson investigators. But no evidence was found pointing to anything other than an accident, Investigator Jim Casci said.

According to Terri Taliaferro, a friend of Elliott’s, the fire was started after Elliott put diesel fuel in a stove.

– Roman Gokhman

Grass Valley hires senior engineer

Diana Langley has been appointed Grass Valley’s senior engineer, filling the spot vacated by Tim Crough earlier this year.

Langley comes to Grass Valley from Yuba City, where she worked in the engineering department since 1996, most recently as the senior engineer. She graduated from California State University in Chico with a B.S. in civil engineering. She is a state registered professional engineer and received a certificate in Construction Management from the University of California, Davis, Extension Program.

Her appointment was approved by the City Council at their meeting Tuesday evening and she will begin on April 4, pending passing a background check, drug screen, and physical examination process that is typical for all new employees.

– Britt Retherford

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