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Vacant Residence on Hall Street Completely Destroyed by Early Morning Fire

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

A vacant residence on Hall Street was completely destroyed by fire early Monday morning despite a quick, aggressive attack by firefighters from multiple agencies.

The Susanville Fire Department, along with automatic aid from Susan River Fire District, CalFire, Janesville Fire Protection and OES Air 1, responded to the residential structure fire at around 3:30a.m.

“Upon arrival,” explains Fire Captain Tom Hernandez, “the first-in engine company reported flames coming from the roof as well as inside the vacant residence.”

Firefighters performed an aggressive fire attack and had the fire contained by 4:05a.m.

According to Hernandez the structure was a complete loss and the vacant residence next door also received minor damage to the roof eaves and siding due to radiant heat.

One firefighter was injured in the fire and was transported to Banner Lassen for assessment.

The probable cause of the fire, according to Hernandez, was determined to be transients trespassing on private property and starting a warming fire in a compromised location inside the structure.

Three chief officers and 22 firefighters responded to the blaze.  Agencies assisting included: Susanville Police Department, LMUD, CalFire, Susan River Fire Protection District, California Correctional Center Fire Department and Janesville Fire Protection District.

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