Firefighters extinguish ‘strange’ blaze at store |

Firefighters extinguish ‘strange’ blaze at store

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A fire triggered a sprinkler inside a walk-in storage freezer which spoiled baked goods at Safeway, a South Lake Tahoe Fire Department official said.

An engine, truck ladder, medic unit and battalion chief responded to the 7:10 a.m. Sunday fire. Firefighters could not find a cause or burned material.

“That was a very strange fire,” said Battalion Chief Scott Douglass. “Somehow or another something within the freezer caused enough heat to discharge the fire sprinkler.”

Heat signature on the wall and tripped circuit breakers were found but no other evidence was gathered, Douglass said.

In other news:

— A 46-year-old man was hit with bean bags fired from a shotgun and taken to the ground by a canine unit after he failed to comply with authorities, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

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Authorities responded to Ski Run Marina on Thursday after Joseph Parker allegedly waved a knife at a woman walking on the beach, the officer said.

Parker would not comply with orders, repeatedly fished in his pockets and turned his back to authorities attempting to give him directions, the officer said. After being hit with the non-lethal bean bags, Parker reportedly put his hands at his waist and authorities believed he was going for his knife, the officer said. Buddy, a police dog, was unleashed and took Parker down.

Officers did not find a knife. Parker was taken into custody for brandishing a deadly weapon not a firearm and obstructing officers.

— A 40-year-old woman was sent to Barton Memorial Hospital for a fractured left forearm and possible other broken bones after a supermarket cart, pulled by a black Jeep Cherokee, was thrown at her early Monday morning, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

The woman was walking west along Pioneer Trail near Thunderchief Motel when the SUV, traveling east at a reported high rate of speed, hurled the cart at her.

She was transported to Barton for treatment to her injuries which included possible fractures to a femur, right forearm and fingers on her right hand, the officer said.

Police are asking anybody with any information to call Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

— A vacation house on the 600 block of Wentworth Lane was burglarized and ransacked by somebody who smashed a window with a brick to gain entry, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

The owner of the house, who was last visited on Nov. 23, called police on Sunday after the damage was discovered.

The officer said somebody broke dishes and furniture, damaged a stereo, drank liquor, ate food, burned holes in the carpet, lighted toilet paper on fire, slept in beds, threw clothes around and stole two BB guns.

Neighbors reported seeing two males, described between the ages of 15 and 20 years old and wearing dark, bulky clothing, on the property.

— A 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was cited and released after his 22-year-old girlfriend told police he had marijuana stashed in a glass jar on top of a counter, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Authorities initially responded to the residence on Thursday for a domestic disturbance call. During interviews the girlfriend reportedly made the remark. A pipe and scale were also found, the officer said.

The 19-year-old then reported his 18-year-old roommate had marijuana, the officer said. The roommate was also cited and released.

— A 17-year-old student at South Tahoe High School was cited and released after a school security officer found 1.9 grams of marijuana in his backpack Thursday, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

— A traffic stop ended with a 40-year-old South Lake Tahoe man arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance after a bundle containing suspected cocaine was found in his 2000 Chevy pickup, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.