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YANKEE HILL, Calif. – On Saturday night at approximately 7:00 p.m. a structure fire was reported in Yankee Hill. The fire started in the garage of the home before spreading to the attic. The home sustained major damage, according to CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Jacob Gilliam.
The response included six fire engines, three water tenders, and one breathing support truck. The regular engine from Jarbo Gap was already responding to another structure fire, so engines had to be called from other CAL FIRE companies.
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Crews stayed at the home until approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning to conduct salvage and overhaul operations.
Captain Gilliam explained the "overhaul" operations as a process firefighters go through to protect areas of the home that have not burned. He said they have to remove part of the building's structure to make sure there is no fire inside that could spread. Typical operations of this type involved tearing out drywall or taking down roofing material.
The cause of the Via Fire is still under investigation.