Fire burns abandoned home near Safeway for third time

An abandoned house northwest of Safeway burned for the third time on Sunday morning, Jan. 16.

Firefighters arrived at 10:54 a.m. at the property, 1400 Nandina St., which had also gone up in flames twice during the past year.

The structure was already deemed a “total loss” after the previous two burns. This time around, the flames were concentrated on a six-by-ten foot structure attached to the east side of the abandoned home.

Battalion Chief Eli Harris said officials suspect that a squatter’s campfire in the building caused the fire, but noted that nobody was present at the scene for respondents to talk to.

“The fire burned the floor and went up the walls,” Harris said.

A brush rig, as well as Engine 21, Engine 23, and Medic 21 made up the list of vehicles deployed to the scene. Nine firefighters responded to the blaze.

The firefighters were able to keep the blaze contained to the 1400 Nandina Street structure while successfully putting out the flames.