Summer Sanders' Childhood Home Burns

5:41 PM, Jun 10, 2007   |    comments
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A quick-moving two-alarm fire in Granite Bay destroyed the childhood home of two-time Olympic gold-medalist Summer Sanders Saturday, South Placer fire officials said. Crews were called out to the blaze at 6550 Carolinda Drive around 6:40 p.m. Saturday to find the house fully engulfed in flames, South Placer Fire Department battalion chief Keith Burson said. Sanders' father Robert Sanders said the house was a complete loss with more than $1 million in damages. Sanders said the home was surrounded by nearly 3,000 feet of wood decking which fueled the flames. No one was injured and investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze, Burson said. Sanders believes the fire may have started from paint cans self-combusting near a trash can. Summer Sanders was in Roseville Saturday with her father for events at the Summer Sanders Aquatic Complex, named in honor of the swimmer in 1995. Sanders, now a sports broadcaster, was a four-time medalist at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, including gold medals in the 200-meter butterfly and in the 400-meter medley relay.


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