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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Santa Rosa: St. Helena Road escaped pile fire destroys "fire proof" shed

 Santa Rosa shed fire blamed on control burn

By RANDI ROSSMANN
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A blaze that burned a vineyard storage shed on St. Helena Road started from a control burn on the property that wasn’t quite extinguished.

Fire investigator Cyndi Foreman Monday said the property owner had burned brush on the property during the weekend and thought he’d put it out.

But by late afternoon Sunday that flared up enough to burn again. It spread to the nearby 30 foot by 30 foot rock, timber and metal building. It also burned about a quarter-acre of grass.

Owner Rudy Wenk said he kept equipment in the building for his non-commercial vineyard. He’d also stored some stained glass windows there.

Firefighters were called to the fire at about 5 p.m. It had been burning for some time before anyone noticed.

Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa and Cal Fire firefighters responded to the call.

St. Helena Road is off of Calistoga Road, on the far eastern side of Santa Rosa.

Wenk said he built the shed himself. “I am still a bit in a state of shock. We came up last night to see the place and it is incredible how fire managed to devastate this structure which seemed largely fire-proof,” he said.

Source article: Santa Rosa Democrat - Link
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