A residential structure fire on Thursday, February 11, 2021, in Nice, California, destroyed a home and sent two people to the hospital. Courtesy photo.
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Two people were injured in a Thursday night structure fire that destroyed a home in Nice.
The fire, at 3550 Lakeview Drive, was first dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to radio reports.
Northshore Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Dave Emmel told Lake County News that the home was a singlewide trailer.
Firefighters arriving on scene minutes after dispatch requested an ambulance for the first of two burn victims.
The first victim was a woman who was reported to be 70 years old and suffering from second- and third-degree burns over most of her body, Emmel said.
Due to the weather, an air ambulance couldn’t respond, based on radio traffic.
The woman and a second burn patient were transported to the hospital, Emmel said.
Emmel said firefighters knocked the fire down pretty quickly. The trailer, however, was a complete loss.
In addition to the singlewide trailer, a travel trailer next to it also was burned, Emmel said. No other nearby structures were damaged.
Firefighters at the scene also requested Pacific Gas and Electric send out a crew, as wires were down, according to scanner reports.
Besides the two people transported to the hospital, Emmel said the fire displaced one other person.
As to the cause of the fire, “We believe it was accidental,” Emmel said.
He said the source has so far been traced to a heater coming in contact with a couch.