Neighboring homes catch fire on Tata Lane |

Neighboring homes catch fire on Tata Lane

South Shore firefighters spent about five hours early Friday battling a blaze that burned two houses on Tata Lane, according to a statement from the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department.

Although occupants of the houses escaped uninjured, the fire sent one South Lake Tahoe firefighter to Barton Memorial Hospital with minor heat exhaustion, according to the statement.

About 1 a.m., firefighters from South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Cal Fire and the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District responded to a report of the fire.

When they arrived, they found an 800-square-foot house at 1284 Tata Lane fully engulfed in flames, and one room and attic space at a 2,000- square-foot unoccupied vacation rental next door at 1288 Tata Lane on fire.

The house at 1288 Tata Lane “received moderate smoke damage throughout with heavy fire damage to one room and the attic space,” according to the statement.

The fire also destroyed a fence at the property and severely damaged a more than 100-foot tree, officials said.

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Occupants at 1284 Tata Lane escaped the fire with no injuries, but “all possessions perished in the fire,” according to the statement.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District helped cover the city for other emergencies during the incident.

South Tahoe Public Utility District employees Don Pettey and Jose Ruiz were praised by supervisor Mike Adams for their help in putting out a fire that significantly damaged a rental home at 1723 High Meadows Court on Thursday afternoon.

The pair were cleaning sewer lines in the area when they noticed a plume of smoke coming from the area. While Ruiz called 911, Pettey used a water hose from their STPUD truck to fight the fire until firefighters arrived, according to an e-mail from Adams.

“While I have no knowledge of the extent of the damage to the house, I am sure that Don’s and Jose’s actions helped minimize the damages to the house from the fire,” Adams said in the e-mail.