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Furnace starts house ablaze

Gregory Crofton

A natural gas furnace in a home at the 1200 block of Bonanza began to burn into a wood floor Sunday morning.

South Lake Tahoe firefighters got the call at 7 a.m. and extinguished the smoldering floor boards with water from a sink.

“They had to cut some flooring where it was burned,” said South Lake Tahoe Fire Engineer Rich Owens. “Because of the replaced floor and moved furnace, I’m guessing the damages are in the neighborhood of $5,000.”

The furnace was not installed properly and the wood had been exposed to heat for a long period of time, Owens said.

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