A spark from either a dirt bike or electrical wiring likely led to a fire that destroyed a century-old house and displaced a large family west of Deming, according to fire investigators.
However, the official cause remains undetermined.
Eight people escaped the two-story house early Monday, Dec. 22, before flames consumed the George family home at 6401 George Road, about five miles south of Everson. ( Read the full story on the fire here.)
Flames spread from a nearby detached garage to the house. Three puppies died in the garage. Though fire investigators so far haven’t been able to figure out the exact cause, they’ve come up with a couple of likely scenarios: a spark from a dirt bike that had been used within hours of the fire and parked near combustible material in the garage; or an electrical problem in the garage, said Mitch Nolze, of the county fire marshal’s office.
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Total damage is estimated at $50,000.
The community has donated clothes, money and necessities to help the family — Jeff Sr., Debbie, their children and grandchildren — as they get back on their feet. A total of ten people lived at the house; two grandchildren had been sleeping elsewhere that night.
Eventually, the family hopes to rebuild their home on the same land.