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Oceanfront home destroyed by fire

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013

Central Fire Capt. Jason Nee (right) joins Brian Rubino in the initial phase of an investigation of a fire that gutted an upscale, oceanfront home in Live Oak Sunday night. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

LIVE OAK — A late night fire tore through an upscale, oceanfront home in Live Oak Sunday near Sunny Cove. When firefighters from Central Fire arrived at 92 Geoffroy Drive at 9:56 p.m. flames were blasting through the roof and several windows of the two-story, modern home, said Mike DeMars of Central Fire.

“This fire had some time to get going,” he said. “It was fully involved when we pulled in. It was bumped up to a two-alarm incident right away.”

Firefighters learned the home was vacant and is probably a vacation home, DeMars said.

Though firefighters initially burst their way through the front door, the intensity of the fire forced them back. That was when they switched to a defensive mode and concentrated on protecting surrounding homes. The house next door, though only yards away, only sustained a few broken windows from the heat, DeMars said.

“When a building is that well involved with flames, and we know there is not a rescue involved, there is no sense in injuring a firefighter to save an empty house,” DeMars said.

In an unusual twist to the incident firefighters and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies were confronted by a woman in her 20s in the back yard of the property who was naked from the waist up and rambling nonsense as she watched the fire, DeMars said.

For the complete article see the 01-15-2013 issue.

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