Jamestown, CA — Fire completely destroyed a mobile home, its contents, an outbuilding, truck, boat and trailer Sunday afternoon on Table Mountain Rd. adjacent to Homestead Bed and Breakfast.
The first alarm was sounded close to noon. Mike Harstad was working on hubcaps on a boat trailer when he discovered a wasp nest. He retrieved a can of Pledge and a lighter in an effort to torch the nest. Accordng to CAL FIRE Investigator Rommie Jones the can caught fire and Harstad threw it in nearby vegetation.
That action caused the fire which destroyed the mobile home in addition to burning approximately one acre. The mobile home was valued at $25,000, its contents at $15,000 and the outbuilding, truck, boat and trailer had a combined value of approximately $5,000.
Units responding included Air Attack, the 404 helicopter along with Air Tanker 83 from the Columbia Air Base, the Tuolumne County Fire Department and CAL FIRE.
No injuries were reported to either residents or firefighters.
Written by Bill Johnson