East Fork Crews Extinguish Structure Fire In Midst Of Flooding

by East Fork Battalion Chief Scott Fraser, East Fork Fire Protection District · 1 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — At 3:40 a.m. Monday, units from East Fork Fire Protection District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Road Department, Nevada Division of Forestry responded to 1398 Madcap Lane in Gardnerville for a structure fire.

First arriving units found the dirt road leading to the home washed out in several areas from flooding, making access only available to four-wheel drive brush trucks.

Some fire personnel had to walk approximately a 1/2 mile carrying all their gear.

Because both the fire department and sheriffs office brought on additional personnel for the flood both departments worked together to open the road and extinguish the fire.

Approximately 30 fire personnel, seven Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, three road department, and a Nevada Division of Forestry hand crew worked to control the fire in approximately 90 minutes.

Damage included part of the roof and several interior rooms. Smoke and water damage extend through most of the very large home.

The area does not have fire hydrants and firefighters used water tenders and a portable pump from the home’s swimming pool to provide water.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

East Fork wants to remind everyone to have an emergency evacuation plan, and at least 72 hours of emergency supplies.

Photo courtesy of East Fork Fire Protection

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