Updated on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 2:25 P.M.Fire Destroys Home on Poppy Lake Road
By the time neighbors noticed an orange glow against the night sky fire had broken through the roof and consumed at least half of a home located at 3041 Poppy Lake Road. It took 35 firefighters from Mariposa County Fire and Cal Fire nearly an hour to contain the blaze. Approximately 30 percent of the 3,100 square-foot home and an attached 700 square-foot carport were saved by an aggressive attack. Also saved was a nearby 12 x 40-foot mobile home and an approximate 2,400 square-foot horse barn. Several large Ponderosa pine trees were scorched up to fifty feet and about one-quarter acre of grass burned.
It took multiple trips to Bootjack and Lushmeadows by four water tenders to supply the 35,000 gallons of water needed to fully extinguish smoldering embers. The home is owned by Jeanette Mero, DVM and Steven Kuryla. Neither were home at the time the fire was detected. Two cats and a corn snake did not survive the inferno. A pet lizard did survive and one cat is still missing and unaccounted for.
Damage to the seven bedroom, five bath home is estimated at $465,600 and loss of furnishings and personal possessions is estimated at $232,800. The home was insured. Cause of the fire is under investigation but the extent of the damage will make a final determination difficult. There were no injuries to firefighters or neighbors who assisted with rescuing personal possessions from the unburned portion of the home.