Loyalton Engine #15 and the two USFS Engines #61 and #62 knocked the fire down within twenty minutes and controlled the fire spread to the existing property at 11 Zollinger Street between Church and Jones Streets, which was a long-time vacant single story wood residence built approximately in the 1930's and uninhabited for decades. The single city lot had several moderate sized trees and over-grown vegetation consisting of tall grass and brush surrounding the structure. The fire was contained to the primary lot with no damage to adjoining residences. Fortunately there was little to no wind at the time of the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Sierra County Sheriff's Office and the California Department of Fire and Forestry, Truckee Area Office. The start is considered suspicious due to the property being unoccupied for many years. There were no reported injuries or loss or damage to fire apparatus/equipment. The tall flames and black smoke plume drew many local residents and the current property owners later arrived on scene and were of the incident. Residents on several sides adjoining the property were repeatedly verbally grateful to fire fighting personnel for protecting their homes and for the rapid response and knock down/control effected by the Loyalton Fire Department volunteers and mutual aid personnel. The Loyalton Fire Department is very thankful to the other local area agencies, both paid and volunteer, who responded to help with this structure fire in the center of our city. We are thankful no one was hurt and the damage was limited to the original structure and vegetation.