A Colusa residence sustained only superficial damage after an attached shed caught fire on Thursday evening.
No one was injured in the small fire at the residence, which shares a lot with the Iglesia de Cristo at the corner of First St. and Webster St. in Colusa. The building is still habitable, Colusa City Fire Captain Logan Conley said, and no one was displaced as a result.
“The fire started along the fence line running to the house,” Conley said on Monday. “It burned the shed connected to the house, and there was a little bit of charring on the side of the house itself, but we stopped it there.”
Colusa City Fire responded to the scene at about 6 PM, and quickly had the flames put out.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it has been determined that it was accidental in nature.
“We have a pretty good idea of how it may have happened, and it was certainly accidental in nature. We find with fence fires in the city originate from people dumping hot ashes from a fire pit, from tossing a cigarette butt – generally, they are accidental. (In this case) there was no intention to burn the house down or anything like that.”
Conley said that Colusa City fire received some help from neighboring residents, who doused the fence and the shed with a garden hose.
“That helped us. Even though it was just a garden hose, it really knocked a lot of the heat out of it,” Conley said.
Over the past month, there have been numerous structure and/or fence fires throughout the county, including two fence fires in Maxwell – one of which spread to a garage structure – a structure fire in Arbuckle, and another structure fire in Colusa. The latter two fires caused significant damage to the structures at which they occurred.■