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PHOTOS: Dove Canyon House Fire a 'High-Dollar Loss'

NEW PHOTOS ADDED. Two vehicles, a garage and two bedrooms were destroyed.

Photo courtesy of the Orange County Fire Authority.
Photo courtesy of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Originally posted at6:59 a.m. April 24, 2014. Edited to add photos.

Firefighters early this morning knocked down a stubborn fire that caused extensive damage to a house in an exclusive gated community in Rancho Santa Margarita, authorities said.

Two vehicles, a garage and two bedrooms were destroyed in the fire, which was reported around 11:05 p.m. Wednesday and extinguished early today by 50 firefighters after an operation lasting an hour and 45 minutes, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

A man, his wife and their two children were evacuated from the five- bedroom 5,000-square-foot home on Indian-Pipe in the gated community of Dove Canyon, Concialdi said.

The fire started in the garage, destroying a Mercedes Benz and a pickup truck, then spread to two bedrooms above the garage, Concialdi said.

"It's going to be a high-dollar loss," he said.   

No injuries were reported from the fire, which could have been avoided, Concialdi said.

"If this home had a smoke alarm in the garage, they would have heard it," Concialdi said. "(Then) they could either call 911 sooner, or put the fire out with an extinguisher."

--City News Service


Brainwashed_In_Church April 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM
I'm going to put a smoke alarm in my garage. I don't know why I didn't think of that by now. Seriously.
Kari Mitchell April 24, 2014 at 01:05 PM
That's a great idea!!
Amanda LaRosa April 24, 2014 at 06:02 PM
In purchasing two new homes and configuring security and fire systems no one ever brought up adding a smoke alarm in the garage. D'oh! Lost sales opportunity!
Brainwashed_In_Church April 24, 2014 at 06:57 PM
While we're on "simple things make a big difference": back up all your important files (photos, videos, documents) etc on a removable USB hard drive (one terabyte drives are like $69). When you leave the house for a couple days, unplug it (takes five seconds) and take it with you. If the house burns down or is burglarized, you have everything that can't be replaced.
Brainwashed_In_Church April 24, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Also, get an earthquake gas shutoff valve installed. Couple hundred bucks installed (or you can even DIY - check Youtube). The largest earthquake probably won't destroy your house but the smallest fire (caused by the earthquake breaking the gas line) can destroy your house.

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