2016-10-13 / Front Page

Blaze destroys house in Mariposa

Flames shoot out of the roof of this house located on Bullion Street. The fire started shortly after noon on Thursday.Flames shoot out of the roof of this house located on Bullion Street. The fire started shortly after noon on Thursday.Fire destroyed a house in the 5000 block of Bullion Street in Mariposa shortly after noon on Thursday.

Firefighters quickly responded to the fire, which was burning an older historic, Victorian house in Mariposa. The house is located just to the south of Mariposa Elementary School.

Firefighters entered the home in an attempt to save the structure. However, about 30 minutes into the blaze, the call was given for firefighters to leave the inside of the house.

Firefighters were able to remove some personal items belonging to the residents..

Smoke was visible in Mariposa and for quite a distance outside of town.

At around 12:40, the roof of the house was fully engulfed and firefighters used a water cannon to douse the flames. But before 1 p.m., the front porch of the structure collapsed.

Jaime Williams, media spokesman for CAL FIRE, said firefighters were also concentrating on making sure surrounding structures did not catch on fire. 

There is a double-wide mobile home directly east of the house, a wooden outbuilding behind the house, along with a fence, said Williams.

Firefighters also doused surrounding trees when they first arrived on the scene in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading.

Firefighters were on the scene of the blaze into the afternoon.

Williams said fire officials will begin making an assessment of the blaze, including the cause. That information will be released after the investigation.

Officials on the scene included CAL FIRE, Mariposa Public Utilities District, Mariposa County Fire, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol. Officials from Mariposa County Public Works were also on the scene.

There were no apparent injuries.

No other details about the fire were available Thursday afternoon.Smoke pours out of the roof area near the chimney at a house on Bullion Street that caught fire on Thursday afternoon.Smoke pours out of the roof area near the chimney at a house on Bullion Street that caught fire on Thursday afternoon.

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