Five structures and vegetation burned in Palermo fire


PALERMO, Calif. - CAL FIRE knocked down a fire in Palermo that burned vegetation and five buildings.

It started around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on Fulton Avenue. As of 3:10 p.m., forward progress on the vegetation fire had been stopped and crews had the fire contained by 4 p.m.

The homeowner, Sharina Tyler, contacted KRCR to report that a small fire at her property reignited shortly before midnight on Tuesday. CAL FIRE responded with at least two units to put down the hot spots, checking the house with thermal imaging so the family could be assured the house is safe.

"What I have left is here," Tyler said. "My son's bedroom, my garage, everything I've got is gone. I have a living room, dining room and a kitchen."

She said she was living in a tent pitched in the living room for now.

CAL FIRE said three outbuildings were destroyed and two other buildings were heavily damaged. It started in the vegetation behind the house and spread in both directions.

One of the buildings was a house, which CAL FIRE said is likely a total loss. Four people were inside at the time and all made it out safely.

James Tyler Jr., the son of the homeowner said his family is hurt to have lost so much. "Definitely hurt to have lost a lot, and it's just a place that was filled with a lot of memories," said Tyler Jr. "Our grandpa came back and we lost him, unfortunately in 2015 in the house. [There were] many fond parties, memories, just all went up in flames."

CAL FIRE said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The people who live in the home said they've lost everything. A family member started a GoFundMe account to help pay for basic necessities. To donate, click here.

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