South Lake Tahoe firefighter, man injured in blaze
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A man and a firefighter were injured in a structure fire Thursday evening in the area of Carson and William avenues.
The man suffered burns to his head and hands, Administrative Assistant for the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department (SLTFD) Sallie Ross-Filgo said Friday. The man was transferred via ambulance to Barton Memorial Hospital, but was later transferred to a University of California, Davis burn center. The severity of the man’s injuries was not clear, but the subsequent transfer to the burn center seemed to indicate the burns caused significant damage, Ross-Filgo said.
The firefighter was also transferred to Barton Memorial Hospital with issues related to smoke inhalation. He was released hours later.
The fire caused a complete loss for one of two units in what appeared to be a two-story duplex. The blaze destroyed the second-floor unit and caused considerable water damage to the ground-floor unit. The entire structure was declared uninhabitable and six people were displaced. Four people who needed temporary shelter were housed by the Red Cross.
Firefighters arrived at the scene just before 9:30 p.m. and worked for more than four hours to clear the area. The effort took the participation of 15 firefighters from the SLTFD as well as the Lake Valley Fire Protection District. The collaborative effort prompted the response of four fire engines, a squad, two battalion rigs and two medic units.
The cause of the fire was undetermined as of press time, Ross-Filgo said.
South Lake Tahoe Police Department Lt. Brian Williams said Friday that there was no evidence concerning any crime as of then. He said there was an active investigation into the possibility of drug activity at the home, but that there was nothing at the time to support drug use was involved.