No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a house in Scotia Tuesday morning.
Scotia Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Broadstock said the call came in at 3:21 a.m. and in the three minutes it took to respond, the fire had already moved into the attic of the house on the 800 block of Seventh Street, down near the railroad tracks from Williams Street.
Firefighters from Scotia and Rio Dell volunteer fire departments were on scene until 7 a.m.
”No foul play is suspected,” Broadstock said. “We believe we know the area of origin, but it is too early to say what the specific cause is.”
Town of Scotia President Frank Bacik said efforts are underway to relocate the three adults and a 4-year-old who were living there to another house in Scotia. He said some of the available locations are essentially in the same neighborhood, and most houses are about the same size at the one that was destroyed.
The family is living with relatives in Rio Dell until a new Scotia location can be found. The 4-year-old had recently celebrated a birthday and all the presents were destroyed in the fire.
The fire also damaged cars parked on the street, and there was some scorching of adjacent fences and a sun porch. No additional structures were damaged.
According to Bacik, the Scotia neighborhood where the fire occurred dates back to 1915, and it is unlikely that the house will be rebuilt.
”It would require a total reconstruction, most likely,” he said, “and the neighborhood is already at a very high urban density.” He said it's been a very long time since there was a full fire loss of a home in Scotia.
Donations of clothing are being accepted on behalf of the fire victims by the Scotia Volunteer Fire Department, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 185 Scotia, CA 95565 or dropped off at the Fire Hall in Scotia. Call Broadstock at 764-4322 to arrange donation drop-offs.