Smoke drives residents out |

Smoke drives residents out

Gregory Crofton

The smell of burning white plastic Saturday morning woke up four people living in a studio cabin on lower Kingsbury Grade.

Residents of the Faris Court studio called the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District at 6 a.m. to report the fire.

The blaze was contained to the bathroom where a white plastic shelf somehow ignited. Damage to the studio was estimated at $3,000.

“We were unable to determine the exact cause of the fire,” said Battalion Chief Ken Poohachoff. “We tried to identify the heat sources in that area, we don’t know for sure, but weren’t able to rule out a candle or hair dryer as the possible cause.”

The burning plastic shelves spread fire to the wall and bathroom vanity, Poohachoff said. Tahoe-Doulgas firefighters extinguished the fire quickly and cleared the scene within an hour.

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