Two dogs killed in structure fire |

Two dogs killed in structure fire

Provided to the TribuneFirefighters examine the remnants of a house on Onnontioga Street following a structure fire that killed two dogs Monday night.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Hot ashes left in a trash can on a deck are believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a house on the 900 block of Onnontioga Street and killed two dogs Monday night.

Firefighters from Lake Valley Fire Protection District and South Lake Tahoe Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 8:31 p.m., said district spokeswoman Leona Allen in a Tuesday statement.

“The fire, which was started by hot ashes left in a trash can on the deck, consumed the entire structure,” Allen said. “It also spread into the residence next door and continued into the wildland behind the homes before it was stopped by firefighters. Damage estimates have not been completed yet. No humans were injured but two dogs were killed in the blaze.”

Allen reminded residents and visitors that fireplace ashes and coals from barbecues should be placed in approved, noncombustible containers with a lid and placed on a noncombustible surface.

Monday’s fire is the third in the past few weeks caused by improperly disposed fireplace ashes, Allen said.

“Ashes and coals left in trash cans, dumpsters or on the ground can remain hot for quite some time and rekindle days later, causing fires to start,” Allen said.

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