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Mariposa County Structure Fires on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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.   

During the afternoon hours there was a chimney fire at 4867 School House Road that occurred in a vacant structure that is being remodeled. Reports say that flames were extending three feet above the stone chimney and the workers extinguished the fire on arrival of the first fire engine.
The second fire was reported during the evening hours and occurred at 3038 Poppy Lake Rd. The home is owned by Dr. Janet Mero and Steve Kuryla.The home is 3,104 square feet with 1,028 square feet of deck and a 700 square foot carport. As the fire trucks arrived the fire was through the roof with flames thirty to forty feet high. The fire department saved approximately thirty percent of the main house and protected a 12x40 mobile home and a 2,400 sq, foot barn.
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