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Explosive Fire Destroys House, Car

Firefighters were unable to approach the blaze due to downed power lines and exploding ammunition.

As live ammunition exploded amid downed power lines, firefighters were were unable to approach a burning home off of Wild Horse Valley Road last night.

Instead of battling the flames, firefighters were forced to shelter behind their engines during a series of explosions inside the home, including a loud report that sent embers and burning paper debris 100 feet into the air.

Shell casings littered the driveway along with ammunition boxes. The house burned to the ground. An automobile was destroyed as well.

There were no reports of any injuries and CalFire officials said the cause of the blaze is under investigation

Update from Bay City News Service:

The one-alarm house fire in the 1000 block of Mustang Road, east of the city, was reported at 9:41 p.m., according to Napa County fire dispatcher Jennifer Neal.

Arriving firefighters found the house engulfed in flames. The fire was contained at 11:19 p.m., Neal said.

One elderly man who was displaced by the fire was able to get out of the home safely. 

Firefighters responded from Napa County fire and CalFire, the dispatcher said.

PG&E crews were also called to the fire site after power lines went down, Neal said.

According to a 9:09 a.m. report in the , the fire caused an estimated $300,000 worth of damage.

Unfiltered Steve Simoneau March 16, 2012 at 04:39 PM
A small crowd of us watched the fire through the trees from the road just above the property. The amount of ammunition erupting was staggering, accompanied by some smaller explosions. Firefighters were faced with steep hillside, very narrow steep roads, and a serious lack of water resources. This fire would have been devastating to the surrounding area if not for the recent rains. Please avoid the area as there is no vantage point to see anything and there is an ongoing fire investigation.
Patty March 16, 2012 at 06:00 PM
First explosion rocked our windows. Then we watched from our front yard. Glad no one was hurt. Man... two in one week.

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