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Quick-moving blaze chars EDH home

By: Roger Phelps, The Telegraph
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Fire destroyed much of a house Friday in El Dorado Hills. At 3 p.m., a call came to firefighters concerning a property at 2600 Carnelian Way in the Waterford neighborhood. Fire officials learned that after hearing his dog bark, a resident of the house got up from his home-office desk thinking his family was arriving home, but outside discovered a back wall burning, said Deputy Chief Dennis Planje of the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, speaking to The Telegraph from the fire scene. “Fire was in walls and an attic,” Planje said. “We were concerned that wood-shake shingles would fly to neighbors, most of whom have wood-shake too. The top floor was destroyed.” Origin of the fire was not in wildlands, Planje said. “It is not a wildland extension,” he said Friday. “We have some ideas about cause, but we’re not going to talk about them now.” On Monday, Planje said investigators were “working on outside pool equipment” as a possible cause of the fire. Firefighters from Folsom, Latrobe, Rescue and state fire departments battled for around one hour to extinguish the flames. “We’re in salvage and overhaul stage right now,” Planje said. “There’s a lot of damage.” Heat and gusting breezes hampered firefighters, but only the house at 2600 Carnelian had damage. “It’s a nice neighborhood – the houses are 20,30 or 40 feet apart,” Planje said. A near wall and roof of the nearest house was hosed down. Neighbor Mike Ferguson said he “couldn’t believe” the speed at which the blaze moved to consume the upper story next door. “Fortunately, the wind was blowing away from my house,” Ferguson said. The Telegraph’s Roger Phelps can be reached at rogerp@goldcountrymedia.com, or post a comment at folsomtelegraph.com