From Mountain Democrat - January 21, 2022
Placerville kitchen fire takes to attic
Fire crews responded to a fire at a home on Forni Road in Placerville the evening of Jan. 15, where flames burned the attic and roof. The fire started as a kitchen fire and spread to the upper level of the home, according to El Dorado County Fire Protection District Division Chief Paul Lohan. Firefighters with El Dorado County Fire Protection District, Cal Fire, Cameron Park Fire Department and Diamond Springs Fire Protection District got the call around 10:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported and the resident elected to stay in the first floor of the home despite being offered Red Cross services, according to Lohan.
Repairs for the damages are estimated to cost around $100,000, according to Lohan.
Fire officials shared footage of firefight captured with helmet cameras as firefighters worked to put out the blaze.
The video depicts fire crews and their interior attack inside the home, tearing through the ceiling, where the flames could be seen burning above the crew and charred debris coming down.
While not required, county firefighters sometimes utilize the helmet cameras to capture the interior of a structure fire, El Dorado County Chief Tim Cordero said.
The fire district has been utilizing the helmets since 2020 but mostly for training exercises, according to Cordero.
“It is very useful to go back and review the footage during training and talk about the lessons learned, what strategies were tried and the results of those efforts,” Cordero said.
Watch the helmet cam video captured by an El Dorado County firefighter at tinyurl.com/c2e8txhs.