House fire quickly doused |

House fire quickly doused

Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily TribuneCharred household items sit outside a house on Sioux Street in Meyers that caught fire on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a fire that started at an unoccupied house on Sioux Street in Meyers on Monday afternoon.

About 3:40 p.m., dispatchers received a report of the fire at a boarded-up house at 1149 Sioux St., said Leona Allen, a spokeswoman for the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

Although the fire initially posed a threat to surrounding forest, firefighters from Lake Valley, the U.S. Forest Service, CalFire and South Lake Tahoe Fire Department were able to swiftly control it, Allen said.

“We got on it really quickly and, even though it did not have good defensible space, we were able to knock it down and contain it to the structure,” Allen said.

Allen was not able to put a price tag on the damage caused by the fire, but said the home received “significant” damage due to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Allen said.

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