A fire that destroyed a house on Road 30, near Avenue 22 in Valley Lake Ranchos in north Madera County, started in the the kitchen, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
The 2,500 square foot home burned on March 11 and was almost a complete loss, in spite of an automated alarm system and neighbors calling 911. No injuries were reported but the fire displaced the residents.
Cal Fire Division Chief Don Stein said the fire did not appear to be intentionally set, and the investigation determined the cause of the fire to be electrical. Residents initially said they thought because of previous break-ins and problems, the fire may have been arson.
Firefighters were able to remove some belongings as the house burned, but they did not have enough volunteer or fire-fighting personnel to stop the fire from consuming the house, according to Stein...