Dog dies in Yuba City house fire – Appeal

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Mar 4, 2013 in Rat News | Subscribe

A Newfoundland dog and two pet rats were the only casualties in a fire that heavily damaged a Yuba City rental home, a fire official said Tuesday.

The fire at 78 Neilson Ave. was reported at 1:41 a.m. Sunday. The renter was not home, said Yuba City Fire Department Battalion Chief John Limas.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames at the rear of the house had ignited a pine tree that was dropping embers on the house next door. The crew prevented any damage to the second house, Limas said.

As firefighters arrived, they saw a cat pawing at the window of the first house and smashed the window to free it. The cat and a second dog living at the home were not injured, Limas said.

Limas said the 1,500-square-foot house, if salvageable, will need “very extensive” renovation. A damage estimate in dollars was not available.

An arson investigation was under way Tuesday.

Commenting on the Appeal-Democrat’s Facebook page, Barbara Hammons Davis said the house is about 74 years old and used to sit at the base of the 10th Street bridge before being moved after the 1955 flood.

“It was such a sweet little house with unusual built-in glass-fronted cabinets, a river rock fireplace, glass door knobs and vintage light fixtures,” she wrote. “My mother-in-law, Marjorie Hamrick, planted many beautiful plants around the little house. Our families spent so many happy hours there and are sad that the home has been destroyed.”

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