Soldering leads to Keys fire |

Soldering leads to Keys fire

Andy Bourelle

A faulty propane torch is believed to be the reason behind a fire that caused more than $50,000 in damages to a two-story Tahoe Keys home Thursday, said Bill Gilliland, division chief for the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department.

Firefighters responded Thursday afternoon to a fire at 2168 Monterey Drive. They had the fire under control within 20 minutes, but not before it gutted the attic and spread to the structure’s upstairs. The entire house was damaged by smoke.

The homeowner had some singed hairs and was treated and released at the scene.

The owner was soldering pipes in the attic. Gilliland said the fire department believes fuel leaked from the hose on the propane torch he was using. The bottle then caught on fire.

Gilliland estimated structural damage to be $50,000. Content damage was about $20,000.

The fire department received the call about 2:12 p.m., and three engines from South Lake Tahoe Fire Department and Lake Valley Fire Protection District responded.

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