DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Firefighters responded to a blaze that consumed a duplex in Round Hill and killed three pets Saturday, according to authorities.
Fire Marshal Eric Guevin with the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District said in a statement crews responded to a report of a structure fire at about 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
Neighbors had called 911 to report seeing flames through a glass door and a strong smell of smoke.
Nobody was inside the home when the fire was discovered, though three pets died due to smoke inhalation, Guevin said.
The fire quickly spread by the time firefighters arrived, and additional resources from East Fork, North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe fire departments were requested.
Crews kept the fire contained to the one building, and the blaze was knocked down within 20 minutes. Neighboring buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
The Red Cross said it is assisting four adults and two children displaced by the fire.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, according to Guevin.