Fire severely damages Granite Bay home Monday

Clean-up continues into Tuesday at Los Lagos residence
By: Staff report
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A three-story home in the Los Lagos subdivision of Granite Bay was almost completely destroyed in a fire Monday evening. The 6,500-square-foot home, located in the 8900 block of Vista del Lago, caught fire just before 7 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Lawrence Bettencourt of the South Placer Fire District. The first units arrived on scene to at 6:55 p.m. and firefighters observed smoke coming from the roof and a second-story window of the residence, Bettencourt said. One person was home at the time, Bettencourt said, and escaped without injury. Emergency crews had the fire contained by 8:22 p.m. and spent several hours throughout the night and into Tuesday morning putting out hot spots and small flare-ups, Bettencourt said. “That was a pretty big house,” he said. “There were some areas that we salvaged and we got some belongings out, but 70 percent of it is destroyed.” Two battalion chiefs responded to the fire as well as seven engines, one truck and an air unit to fill firefighters’ self-contained breathing tanks. They came from Folsom, South Placer, Loomis, Penryn and Newcastle fire departments. No injuries were reported during the blaze. Bettencourt said the fire has been ruled accidental, but the investigation is ongoing as to the actual cause.