Coarsegold fire damages multiple structures

January 21, 2014 

Authorities estimate $50,000 worth of damage was caused after a fire broke out on Wednesday, Jan. 15, around 9 p.m. on Hogan Mountain Road near Highway 41. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but according to authorities burned two shed-sized structure significantly and ignited more than 1/4-acre of grass and wildlife in the surrounding area.

Fire engine crews from Bass Lake Cal Fire as well as Madera County Station 10 and engine 8 were on scene and had the fire contained by 10:20 p.m. and controlled by early morning.

One victim was injured in the fire and was taken by Sierra Ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment.

The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages and crews from engine 8 were forced to rescue multiple victims from the fire including an adult male and the owner of the building.

Cal Fire fire prevention specialist Karen Guillemin wants the general public to be aware during these unprecedented dry winter months and understand that the concern over fires is still very much alive.

"Citizens should be aware that wildfires can start from inside your home. It's always important to remember fire safety and prevention tips," Guillemin said. "We would like to remind everyone to use their evacuation plan during a fire, escape your home and go to the planned family meeting place."

The fire, which lasted for more than an hour, was a prime example of the seriousness of fire safety and the importance of keeping areas around homes free of debris and dry grass.

For information or tips on fire prevention you can visit CAL FIRE online at CalFire.ca.gov or call (559) 683-4808.

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