Shingles burn in cafe roof fire |

Shingles burn in cafe roof fire

Wooden roof shingles were ignited by a chimney spark at the 3800 block of Saddle Road causing $12,000 in damage.

An alarm Saturday at 12:44 a. m. told South Lake Tahoe firefighters there was trouble at the Christiania Inn. They arrived and found shingles around a fourth-floor flue on fire. A spark or ember ignited resin buildup around the flue.

At the time of the blaze, the fireplace on the first floor was being used but there was no spark arrester on the flue, the fire department said.

The section of roof that caught fire is located above the inn’s restaurant. Firefighters had to remove two large sections of the pitched roof to extinguish the blaze and had the scene cleared by 3 a.m.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department got to the inn first and coordinated evacuation of the guests.

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