SLTFD knocks down trailer fire |

SLTFD knocks down trailer fire

Isaac Brambila
Firefighters investigate a trailer fire Wednesday morning on Rubicon Trail near Brockway Avenue.
Isaac Brambila/Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A trailer was destroyed in a fire Wednesday morning in the area of Rubicon Trail and Brockway Avenue.

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department (SLTFD) and South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) received the call at about 8:45 a.m., Chief Jeff Meston said.

The call initially indicated there may have been a person in the trailer when the fire broke out, but authorities later discovered the person had left before the fire started.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and began efforts to protect the home where the trailer was parked in the driveway. The fire was declared knocked down within seven minutes of fire personnel arrival and 11 minutes after the call was received.

The trailer was parked roughly 15 feet away from the home. Directly above the trailer were branches of a pine tree, but snow and rain fall just hours before likely contributed to further fire spread.

Meston said Thursday the fire appeared to be an electrical fire caused by a lamp.

At the scene Wednesday, firefighters sprayed water in and around the trailer making sure any embers did not reignite and threaten the nearby homes. Gray collections of slushy snow rested on and around the trailer as firefighters studied the interior. The trailer stood like an off-white shell with a completely burned and blackened interior. Firefighters at the scene said it was likely a total loss.

The SLTFD responded to the fire with two engines as well as two medic units, a squad and a battalion chief. SLTPD officers also responded to the scene. Support from the Lake Valley Fire Protection district was initially called but it was cancelled before it arrived at the scene.

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