Attorney’s home burns |

Attorney’s home burns

A fire near Cave Rock Saturday nearly destroyed a home owned by a prominent South Shore lawyer.

The blaze, reported at 2 p.m., caused at least $150,000 in damage to Melvin Laub’s home at 1150 U.S. Highway 50.

“We’re getting it narrowed down but we’re not sure what the cause is,” said Tahoe-Douglas Assistant Chief Bruce Van Cleemput. “We are sure it was accidental.”

A young girl who lives in the house discovered the fire in her bedroom after a shower. Laub was out of town when the fire occurred.

Van Cleemput said the fire started in the girl’s bedroom and inflicted a heavy amount of damage to the second floor of the home, rendering the entire house unlivable.

Three people, including the girl, were in the house when the fire sparked. Van Cleemput said they did the right thing by immediately evacuating the house instead of attempting to extinguish the fire.

Four engines and 15 firefighters were used at the scene. Van Cleemput said they executed an “interior attack” on the fire, which meant they dragged hoses upstairs to the girl’s bedroom.

Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department cleared the area by 6 p.m.

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