Another vacation house burns |

Another vacation house burns

It’s a little too early to call it an epidemic, but another suspicious structure fire has South Lake Tahoe vacation home owners on alert.

Fire gutted a home at 3850 Pentagon Avenue on Saturday morning, and South Lake Tahoe Fire Department officials are indicating that it may have been arson.

“We’re calling it a suspicious fire right now,” said SLTFD Detective Larry Olsen. “We have a witness who saw several juveniles in the area shortly before the fire. We have not identified them yet, but we’re attempting to do so.

“It’s vacation home, and the owners are out of town.”

The fire comes one week after a vacation home in the Gardner Mountain area was virtually destroyed by fire. Officials are still investigating that blaze, but it, too, appears to be a break-in situation.

Two months ago, fire destroyed a vacation home in the American Legion tract after three elementary school students had broken in to the home and accidentally started the blaze.

In Saturday’s incident, employees at the nearby Tahoe Chalet Inn saw smoke and called the fire department at 9:58 a.m. Although officials have not estimated the cost of the damage, the house appears to be a total loss.

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