Cause of late night Dunsmuir fire under investigation

Skye Kinkade
Firefighters battled a fire on Shasta Avenue in Dunsmuir Tuesday night, June 10. Photo contributed by Jennifer Matea

No one was hurt in a house fire reported late last night, June 10, in Dunsmuir.

Firefighters were dispatched at 11:07 p.m. to 5501 Shasta Avenue, said Dunsmuir Fire Chief Dan Padilla.

The first crew on scene saw light smoke coming from the garage area, said Padilla, and knocked the fire down within an hour.

As they were mopping up, firefighters found more smoke coming from the attic, he said. Fire had traveled into the space through airy voids in walls of the home, which was built in the 1930s, Padilla said.

The fire was difficult to fight because there were multiple layers of roofs from multiple remodels over the years, said Padilla, and the work was “labor intensive.”

The single occupant of the house was assisted outside by deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department and a Dunsmuir Fire Captain and was unharmed.

Responding to the fire were the Dunsmuir/Castella, Weed, and Mount Shasta City fire departments, the Mount Shasta Fire Protection District and CAL FIRE.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, said Padilla.