Fire claims home in Columbia

Union Democrat staff /

Three people safely escaped an overnight fire that destroyed a Columbia home.

The fire was reported about 12:18 a.m. today on the 11100 block of Green Street, across from Columbia State Historic Park.

It was quickly extinguished by firefighters from the Columbia Fire Department, Sonora City Fire, Tuolumne County Fire, Cal Fire and Columbia College Fire. The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office also helped with getting people out of harm's way, said Sonora City Fire Capt. Grant Miller.

An elderly woman, her son and a third younger man, believed to be a relative, were sleeping in the home when the fire erupted after midnight.

The younger man said he had gotten up, saw the fire and woke the others, enabling everyone to escape, Miller said.

The men early this morning stood in front of the house evaluating the damage but said they were not ready to talk about what happened, so declined to comment.

The fire rendered the roughly 1,200-square-foot, single story structure uninhabitable, Miller said. It also spread to the garage, which was damaged.

The fire's cause is under investigation. It appeared to have originated near the back porch.

The American Red Cross responded and put the victims up in a hotel.

Meanwhile, the Oak Fire, burning since Sunday near Oak Valley and Pool Station roads, in a remote area between San Andreas, Angels Camp and Copperopolis, was fully contained Tuesday afternoon at 85 acres.

A grass fire also broke out late Tuesday evening near Stagecoach Hill Road and Old Emigrant Trail East in Mountain Ranch and was contained a few hours later at 3 acres.

11920066
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Friday April 29, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Jamestown teen realizes queen dream

04/26/2016

Karissa Rogers, named 2016 Mother Lode Roundup Queen on Sunday, swept the ... more

New $65M courthouse to open by end of 2019

04/26/2016

State officials are working with architectural consultants on final designs for a ... more

Lake is full, marina is open

04/26/2016

The temperature was in the high 20s Tuesday morning when Jacob Hartley, ... more

Increased pulse flows for fish begin on Stanislaus River

04/26/2016

Agencies that control flows on the Stanislaus River below Tulloch and New ... more

McPherson sentenced to 36 years in prison

04/22/2016

A man was sentenced to 36 years in state prison for sexually ... more