A Carson City family was chased from their home early Thursday morning by a fire that ravaged the west side house they were renting.
Assistant Chief Fire Marshal Bruce VanCleemput said a neighbor at 1230 Thompson Street called 911 to report smoke about 7:27 a.m.
As fire crews arrived, flames were visible from the roof, Van Cleemput said.
"We directed the initial company crews to go inside and see if they could get to the seat of the fire. They got up to the second level in a bedroom and got water on it quickly and knocked it down," he said.
Though the flames were gone within 15 minutes of the call, about $150,000 in damage was done to the three-bedroom, two-story home in the Spring Meadows development which overlooks Curry Street and much of North Carson City.
Van Cleemput said the home was rented by Melissa Linberg and her sons, ages 12 and 3.
The fire, its cause undetermined, and water damage have left the home unlivable, he said. Linberg and her children are staying with family and The Red Cross and Salvation Army were called to assist.
Van Cleemput said the family was home at the time of the fire and, after being alerted by a smoke detector, escaped with only the clothing on their backs.
"With the cold weather and the holidays here, we have so much potential for accidental fires and fires of serious consequence. People have to be extremely careful with candles - put them out when you are not in the room. Be cautious with wood burning, don't put ashes in a paper box. Remember Christmas trees dry out pretty quickly and are very susceptible to fire," he said.
"Be cautious of where you place space heaters. Heating appliances must be used in the way the manufacture intends them to be used and be careful of what you use inside your home for heat."
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