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April 11, 2013
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No one hurt in fire at historical downtown Truckee landmark

TRUCKEE, Calif. — No one was injured after a fire broke out early Thursday morning at a historical building in downtown Truckee, officials said.

The fire at JStones Whitehouse Restaurant at 10292 Donner Pass Road in the Brickelltown district started at about 3:45 a.m. and was put out by about 5:15 a.m., said Paul Spencer, spokesman for the Truckee Fire Protection District.

The structure — formerly known as the Kruger-White House and C.B. White House — is still intact, with fire damage contained to its backside, Spencer said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Members of Truckee Fire, along with North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Northstar Fire Department and Squaw Valley Fire Department — for a total of 17 personnel — responded to the scene, with CalFire, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and American Medical Response ambulance providing mutual coverage.

Donner Pass Road through downtown between Spring Street and the roundabout at McIvers Crossing was closed for approximately two hours, according to the Truckee Police Department. The road reopened to traffic at approximately 9 a.m.

According to previous reports, the Kruger-White House mansion was built in 1874 by William Henry Kruger. The Queen Anne Eastlake Victorian was constructed during the town’s boomtown years when Kruger and E.J. Brickell were partners in the Truckee Lumber Company.

The building was renovated during Nevada County’s historical survey in the late 70s and early 80s. It only recently became a restaurant.


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