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Early Morning Fire Destroys Vacant Residence on Weatherlow Street

Monday, July 8th, 2019

LMUD Lineman Sam Tucker works above the fire burning on Weatherlow Street Sunday morning. Photo by Becca Moore / Moore Shots Photography

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning the Susanville Fire Department, along with a host of agencies, responded to a structure fire at 50 S. Weatherlow Street, arriving to find the vacant residence already 50 percent involved.

“Engine 621 from the Susanville Fire Department arrived on scene and assumed command,” explains Fire Engineer Leon Myers in details released by the fire department Sunday afternoon.

The fire attack on the two-story residence was halted when multiple power lines were damaged by fire from the structure.

“Defensive tactics were used until LMUD arrived on scene to disconnect the damaged power lines,” said Myers, “after which units made an attack with hand lines and an elevated master stream from Truck-1 and knocked the fire down quickly.”

According to Myers, once the fire was controlled crews performed overhaul operations on the building and searched for extension of the fire until the incident was terminated shortly before 5:00a.m.

“The fire appears to have started in one of the back rooms in the building, possibly by squatters as the structure was vacant and red tagged.”

There were eight fire apparatus, three support vehicles, one OES air trailer and approximately 25 personnel on scene with no reported civilian or fire personnel injuries.

The Susanville Fire Department was assisted by the following agencies: Cal Fire, Susan River Fire Protection District, California Correctional Center Fire Department, Lassen County OES, Susanville Police Department, Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, LMUD and the City of Susanville Public Works department.

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