Fire destroyed a historic home early Thursday on South Main Street in Angels Camp.

The fire was reported at 2:35 a.m. in the 400 block of South Main Street, said Capt. Matt Brady of the Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit communications center in San Andreas.

About 2:31 a.m., units from the Angels Camp Fire Department, Altaville Melones Fire Protection District, Murphys Fire Protection District, San Andreas Fire Protection District, Calaveras Consolidated Fire Protection District and Cal Fire responded to the reported structure fire, according to Angels Camp fire personnel.

The first units on scene found the home 75 percent engulfed in flames. All residents were able to get out uninjured.

Firefighters confined the fire to the house and it did not spread to exterior vegetation. The cause of the fire was said to be under investigation. An estimate for the value of the destroyed home and its contents was not available.

According to research and documents provided by Danielle Ballard, of the Calaveras County Historical Society, the home was built in the 1890s and it was listed with the California Office of Historic Preservation.

The Price House at 432 S. Main St. was in Altaville, the old unincorporated community in what is known today as northwest Angels Camp. The builder, identified in information about historic homes of Angels Camp compiled by Bessie McGinnis as Mr. Price, was a teacher and educator with a focus on agriculture.

Price grafted walnut trees near Linden and West Point, and he taught in Murphys and Mokelumne Hill. McGinnis wrote that Price was principal in Altaville for many years.

The Banchero family bought the home from Price in 1920. McGinnis described the home as “a tall, two-story house with interesting gables and porches.”

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