Crime log: Discarded cigarette butt starts fire |

Crime log: Discarded cigarette butt starts fire

A storage shed caught fire on the corner of Aspen and Pioneer Trail Sunday morning, causing about $500 damage and threatened the destruction of musical instruments inside, a South Lake Tahoe Fire Department captain said.

Capt. Steve Lang’s fire crew responded to the scene around 11 a.m. and found the landlord spraying the inside of the shed with a garden hose, Lang said.

The preliminary cause of the fire is a discarded cigarette that ignited duff below the shed, Lang said.

A single-family dwelling behind the shed had about $400 in damages, Lang guessed.

In other news:

— A small blue bag was found floating in Lake Tahoe by a beachcomber at Regan Beach on Sunday. The bag reportedly had a white, rocky, unknown substance, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said. The substance was tested, determined to be not an illegal substance and was booked for destruction, the officer said.

— An unknown suspect cut a window screen to gain access to the front door of a residence on Carson Avenue, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

More than $2,000 in goods was stolen in the Friday burglary including a Sony stereo, video cassette recorder and jewelry, police said.

— A 39-year-old Elk Grove man was arrested on suspicion of concealing a weapon in a vehicle when a .25-caliber pistol was found inside his vehicle, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Authorities responded to the 1000 block of Julie Lane on Friday when people saw men carry a large knife between two cars, police said.

— Parents of children shooting a pellet gun outside a window on Willow Avenue said they would pay for the cracked windshield of a passing motorist, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

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