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UPDATE: Fire Destroys Lake Elsinore Home Near SR 74

The fire started around 3:15 p.m. at 33460 Maria Court in Lake Elsinore.

Flames and smoke from a house fire in Lake Elsinore, just north of SR 74 near Grand Avenue, were visible from miles away Wednesday afternoon.

The fire broke out sometime around 3:15 p.m. at 33460 Maria Court. The home, a two-story, 2,000-square-foot structure, was "well involved" in flames when officials arrived, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire reported.

Due to "excessive fire load" in the residence, firefighters were on scene for an "extended period," according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Cheri Patterson. Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Battalion Chief Phil Rawlings said the fire caused some "structure collapse" in the home.

Patterson said she could not speculate what was in the home, but said it could be anything, from a lot of furniture and books.

According to a Patch reporter on scene, boxes piled high in the garage did not burn. Cal Fire reported that the fire caused $300,000 in damage to the home and that only $40,000 worth of property was saved.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department requested that the sheriff's department be called in to help control a large crowd of onlookers.

No injuries were reported.

According to a home owner, who did not wish to speak to reporters, there were no pets in the home.

The homeowner was in the residence when the fire broke out; Cal Fire reported that a smoke detector alerted her to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.

Kathy Estrada December 15, 2011 at 12:55 AM
The two photos I posted were from when I first arrived on the scene and when the Temecula ladder truck arrived. The fire dept. was pouring water in the window over the garage and trying to gain access thru the front door. We arrived around 3:30 and stayed for an hour. The fire was still not out by the time we left.
justme December 15, 2011 at 12:57 AM
WOW, look at how packed that garage is. Sounds like the inside was like that too
Megan Batson December 15, 2011 at 01:58 AM
We drove by it and stopped where you come down the ortega at the bottom and my boyfriend looked behind the wall of the house with several on lookers and they said the house was burned more in the back of the house, that would of been a better picture to post, and I feel so bad for the person who lives in this house, plus when christmas is right around the cornor I will be praying for you and your family
Duane Gendreaux December 15, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Might be a Hoarder?
sisyphus9 December 15, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Me and my carpool buddy were heading east on Ortega and we went by a few minutes before the fire department arrived. The flames were huge! I mentioned at the time that it looked as if the fire was being fueled by gasoline. I am curious as to what actually was burning...
Alicia the Color Guard Advisor December 15, 2011 at 07:12 PM
That is one unlucky street!!! Hope the family is okay!
Warren December 16, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Couldn't help but notice that the extended ladder truck was from Temecula. Is that really the closest one? If that is the case, I sure hope there aren't any major industrial fires around here.
Donald December 18, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Warren, Elsinore was slated to get a truck but there is no money for it. The brand new Rosetta Canyon Fire Station which is sitting empty was to house the Elsinore truck. No word on when it will open or when a truck will be placed there if ever. The two trucks that serve Elsinore are in temecula and menifee.

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