Saturday, September 23, 2023

Fire Destroys Fort Bragg Home

[Video provided by a Mendocino County Coast resident]

A kitchen fire quickly grew out of control yesterday evening resulting in the total loss of a Fort Bragg home. 

Fort Bragg Fire Department Chief Steve Orsi told us when his agency arrived on the 18000 block of Old Coast Highway around 9:30 p.m. the home was fully involved and the “fire was coming out of pretty much everywhere.”

The homeowners, a man and wife, were reportedly in for the evening when a fire ignited in the kitchen. Despite attempts to extinguish the fire, Chief Orsi said the home’s old-style construction of redwood and the lack of sheetrock caused the flames to spread rapidly consuming the home.

The home was completely destroyed as a result of the fire, according to Chief Orsi. Thankfully, the homeowners have insurance to help in the aftermath. The homeowners could not find their family dog but firefighters did not locate any remains at the scene. Chief Orsi hopes the dog ran away from the incident and will be found soon. 

The local fire department was assisted by CALFIRE personnel with as many as twenty-two firefighters on the scene.

Editor’s Note

Countless Mendocino County residents rely on the swift action of our volunteer fire departments during fires, medical emergencies, traffic accidents, and more. They do that work with minimal funding. To support the essential work of the many volunteers that work with the Fort Bragg Police Department, send a check to 141 N Main Street-Fort Bragg, Ca  95437.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
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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