Mother, son escape Friday fire |

Mother, son escape Friday fire

A mother and son barely escaped an early morning blaze in their Chateau Bijou apartment Friday.

Candles ignited a hanging decorative rug and the woman who was sleeping on the sofa awoke to the fire around 1:30 a.m., firefighters said.

South Lake Tahoe Fire Division Chief Merle Bowman said the family was lucky because there didn’t appear to be a working fire alarm in the apartment.

“There was a pretty narrow window of time, and they were pushing the envelope,” he said.

The woman awoke her teen-age son and realizing the fire was out of control they fled the upstairs apartment. The apartment complex is located on the 3400 block of Spruce Avenue. Investigators estimated $50,000 in damage to the apartment and a $15,000 loss in contents.

“There was fire and smoke damage throughout the apartment, but it was contained to the one unit. No other apartments were affected,” Bowman said.

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