Blanket heats up to mattress fire
May 1, 2003
A mattress fire caused by a turned-on-high and bundled up electric blanket brought South Lake Tahoe firefighters to the 1100 block of Fairway Drive early Tuesday morning, a firefighter said.
A fire extinguisher vanquished the flames after the mattress was pulled out of the house. Nobody was injured but there were $700 in damages, the firefighter said.
In other news:
— Firefighters went to the 2300 block of Eloise Avenue after someone reported a fire in a plastic shopping basket inside a shed, a South Lake Tahoe firefighter said.
The shed was not damaged but the Friday fire did melt the basket as well as several trash bags, the firefighter said.
— For the fifth time in as many months, someone threw a rock into an American Oil Gas Station window and stole supplies early Wednesday morning, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
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This time someone stole two 12-packs of Keystone beer costing $14 total. The replacement window is expected to cost $400.
— A 22-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman was arrested on drug charges after she crashed her purple 1997 Ford Aspire into a fire hydrant on Lake Tahoe Boulevard on Tuesday night, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
During officer questioning across the street near the strip mall on Harrison Avenue the woman appeared nervous, retched and asked for paramedics, the officer said. Paramedics were summoned and evaluated the woman who was not transported.
The officer searched her backpack and found 0.2 grams of suspected methamphetamine. She said it wasn’t hers but admitted to smoking it six hours earlier, the officer said.
She was treated at Barton Memorial Hospital when she complained of pain then booked at El Dorado County Jail.
— Someone placed masking tape over a door lock and used it to gain entry into Tahoe Valley Elementary School where a $200 printer and $40 in a cash box was stolen sometime last week, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
— A $250 compact disc stereo was stolen from a 1990 Dodge pickup truck over the weekend on Blackwood Drive, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said. Police found the front passenger window smashed.
— A 43-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on drunken driving charges after an officer spotted his 1966 gray Chevy Nova swerving westbound on Pioneer Trail on Sunday night, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
The man said his car was out of alignment and he could make it home but he failed a field sobriety test, the officer said.
— An 18-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on drunken driving charges after an officer spotted his white 1973 truck which reportedly drove on someone’s lawn Sunday night, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.