Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Afternoon House Fire in the Hills West of Hopland Quickly Extinguished

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

At approximately 3:19 this afternoon, reports of a structure fire in the hills west of Hopland resulted in both the Hopland Volunteer Fire Department and CALFIRE responding.

Hopland Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Mitch Franklin told us he and his crew drove twenty minutes into Sanel Valley’s western hills to the 600 block of County Road 110 where they located the involved structure.

Once on scene, the fire was found to be emanating from the kitchen stove and the homeowner was actively fighting the flames with a garden hose.

Chief Franklin said firefighters quickly knocked down the fire which caused “quite a bit of damage” to the home’s interior. Crews found limited extension into the walls and Chief Franklin was confident the structure is repairable.

The homeowner did complain of medical complications associated with smoke inhalation, but ultimately told first responders he would seek medical attention if need be.

Chief Franklin celebrated the homeowner’s installation of the prominent green and white reflective numbering that allowed crews to identify the home and respond to the scene.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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