The two-alarm fire at 173 Glengarry Road in Felton was reported by a neighbor who heard the windows break and saw fire coming from the home at 1:37 p.m. on October 2.
The fire completely destroyed the rear portion of the home, but firefighters saved two classic cars, including a BMW convertible, without damage.
Firefighters from Felton Fire Protection District, Ben Lomond, Zayante, Scotts Valley and Cal Fire aided in the suppression efforts.
“We called a second alarm on it because of the proximity of the vegetation and other residences,” said Captain Bob Gray of Felton Fire Protection District.
A man who lived at the home had left with his dog, and a day worker was working in the front of the house when the fire started in the back, Gray said. However, due to the layout of the property, it wasn’t until a neighbor saw the fire that the day worker was alerted of the blaze.
Gray said that when crews began to arrive, about 25-percent of the home had been consumed by flames and that several propane tanks were venting. Additionally, a small propane tank blew up, causing the fire to spread along the house. It took about an hour to fully contain, and several more hours to fully extinguish the blaze.
“The back half (of the house) was destroyed,” Gray said. “We’re still investigating the cause.”
The fire appeared to have started on an exterior wall, Gray said, but investigators have not yet determined it began on the inside or outside of the home.
No surrounding structures were damaged and the fire did not spread. No one was injured during the blaze.