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Fire burns home near Windsor

  • The owner of a home in flames uses a garden hose to try and douse the fire on Milk Barn Rd. between Healdsburg and Windsor on Saturday, December 14, 2013. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

A fire Saturday destroyed a caretaker's home on a horse ranch north of Windsor.

The blaze was reported about 5:30 p.m. on former dairy property in the 1100 block of Milk Barn Road.

Crews responding to neighbors' calls arrived to find flames coming from the occupied building, Windsor Fire Battalion Chief David Cornelssen said.

"The first engine found a well-involved, single-family dwelling," Cornelssen said.

Four engines and six water tenders from multiple agencies assisted, Cornelssen said.

Firefighting efforts were hampered by a lack of local water.

"Of course, water is an issue," he said. "We had to bring our own."

No injuries were reported. Caretakers of the horse ranch were displaced.

Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours, some arriving back to their stations as late as midnight, he said.

Cornelssen said the cause of the fire is under investigation but it appears accidental and related to a wood stove in the home.

He estimated the damage to the 2,500-square-foot building at $50,000.


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