Fire nearly destroys Tahoe Keys home |

Fire nearly destroys Tahoe Keys home

William Ferchland

A Tahoe Keys fire ravaged half of a lakefront home early Thursday morning, a South Lake Tahoe fire fighter said.

The fire, which was reported at 4:30 a.m. at 219 Beach Drive, was extinguished in about 15 minutes with hundreds if not thousands of gallons of water, according to Division Chief Russ Dow.

“It was an extremely hot fire because of all the open space in the building and it pretty much devastated most of the building, 50 percent of the building,” Dow said.

The exact cause of the fire and where it began is still being investigated. Dow did not have a monetary estimate in terms of damage. No one was injured in the fire. One of the full-time residents was awakened by noise and noticed the flames, Dow said.

Neighbor Robin Roddy was also startled awake by the fire. Roddy, a resident on Aloha Way which is across Spinnaker Cove from the Beach Drive house, said she heard an explosion.

“I heard the sirens after that,” she said. “It engulfed (the house) and flamed so quickly. It went from a small fire to a huge fire in seconds and it lasted a long time.”

The fire was distinct in the dark early hours, Roddy said.

“It glowed like you couldn’t believe,” she said.

– Tribune City Editor Jeff Munson contributed to this report.

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