2 injured, 2 structures burned, 6 acres consumed in El Dorado Co. fire

6:57 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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GARDEN VALLEY, Calif. - Cal Fire crews were dispatched to Garden Valley around 10:36 a.m. on Wednesday to battle a wildfire burning near Johntown Creek Road.

According to Cal Fire, the blaze started as a structure fire that spread into wild land. The flames were fueled by pine trees and dry brush.

"Once the fire started crowning into these big pine trees they were throwing embers down-wind, and we had numerous spot fires," Cal Fire Fire Chief Bill Decker explained.

The fire consumed 6 acres and another structure before firefighters were able to halt its progress. The 1,400 sq ft home and a trailer on the property were a complete loss.

An elderly man and woman were injured in the fire. The woman suffered burns to her backside and was airlifted to a hospital. The man suffered minor injuries and was treated on the scene.

"It's devistating. I wonder what the heck happened here," said Jack Rothaus who owns the property.

Rothaus' father lives in the home with his wife, he said they were the two people inside the home when the fire started.

"[Firefighters] heard her screams and we had to force entry into a locked compound, and we found her laying on the ground," Decker said.

Decker said the flames were fast-moving and uneven terrain posed a challenge for ground crews. Several agencies were called in to lock-down a perimeter, while Sac Metro Fire and Forest Service helicopters aided in the fight from above.

"It's amazing they were able to contain it as well as they did," Rothaus said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Crews remained at the scene for mop up.

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