South Lake Tahoe Motel Suffers Damage in Fire | South of Lake Tahoe
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A very quick response from South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue (SLTFR) Monday morning helped maintain fire damage in three rooms at the Pinewood Inn.
At 11:34 a.m. Monday, report of a structure fire at the South Lake Tahoe motel was rushed. The Pinewood Inn is located at 3818 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
SLTFR Battalion Commander Jay Manning was only two blocks away when the call came in and as he pulled into the motel parking lot he saw smoke billowing one of the bedrooms in the east wing.
Three SLTFR motors were just heading for a practice session on Ski Run Blvd. They were therefore also very close and were able to react quickly to the fire.
The fire had spread from a main room to two adjoining rooms. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Manning said the room heater and an electrical outlet were likely the culprits. Nobody had stayed in the room and it was just cleaned by the staff on Sunday.
Manning said the cause is accidental.
Motel staff initially thought the fire was outside and brought a fire extinguisher to the area of the building where the gas line is.
The SLTFR was able to extinguish the fire quickly. Crews from the Lake Valley and Tahoe Douglas Fire Departments were also called.
Fire hydrant first responders tried to connect had no water coming out, so SLTFR called a Lake Valley water tender. Before he arrived, they were able to commission a second fire hydrant.
Manning said the South Tahoe Utility District arrived to check the hydrant. For hydrants that do not have an updated drain under them, freezing is common. Many of the City’s 2,200 fire hydrants have no drains and are prone to freezing. Manning said the first hydrant was able to pour water after chunks of ice broke off.
The motel has suffered structural damage and is closed until electricity and gas meters can be brought back online and building permits withdrawn for repairs.
One room sustained heavy damage, moderate damage to both side rooms, and smoke that passed through the common attic entered other rooms.