Electrical fire damages 3R home, contents


When Engine 14 and Tulare County firefighters rolled up early Wednesday morning, Feb. 24, on a two-story house in the 42800 block of North Fork Drive, they discovered smoke showing from the rear of the single-family structure. Smoke was pouring out of the south side of the house at roof level.

Engine 14 and firefighters from Cal Fire forced entry into the garage area to obtain access to the room where the fire was located. Once inside, firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze.

Firefighters then checked the attic and adjoining rooms for any fire extension. All flames and hot spots were extinguished and the house was cleared of any residual smoke.

Following an inspection of the point of origin by a fire investigator and the completion of all fire actions, the house was turned back over to the occupants. Structural damage was estimated at $4,500; the loss of contents, which included a collection of reptiles that perished in the blaze and high-end caging and enclosures, was estimated at $27,000. 

The fire investigator stated in the incident report that the fire originated on the southeast wall about 10 feet into a second room behind the garage. The cause appeared to be unintentional by an unknown electrical event. 

Charlie Norman, Tulare County fire chief, commented later, “The crews made a great stop.”  


Additional incidents

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4:10 p.m. Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted by Sequoia National Park law-enforcement rangers regarding a suspicious vehicle in the area of North Fork Drive. The vehicle was located and a traffic stop was conducted at the entrance to the Slick Rock Recreation Area. 

During the stop, the driver, Craig Forcum, 28, of Visalia was found to be driving without a driver’s license and on probation. The passenger in the vehicle, Dylan Bisconer, 27, of Tulare was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

A search of the vehicle located a shotgun and a small baggie containing methamphetamine. Forcum was placed under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance with a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Bisconer was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Both subjects were booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility. 

Saturday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m. Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a vehicle burglary at the Slick Rock Recreation Area. Upon arrival, they made contact with the female victim who reported that she had been away from her car for about an hour when unknown persons broke the side window of her vehicle and stole a backpack containing her cell phone and a sleeping bag. Property loss and damage to the vehicle is estimated at $1,200.

While on scene, the deputies located additional victims, a husband and wife. The male stated that unknown subjects had also broken out the window to their car and stole his wife’s purse, which contained her identification, credit cards, cash, and a Samsung tablet. Estimate property loss and vehicle damage is $3,400.

Anyone with additional information on these or other crimes should contact Mark Frick, Three Rivers resident deputy, (559) 740-8894. Anyone with information may also make a report anonymously by calling TIP NOW at (559) 725-4149.

Monday, Feb. 15Tulare County and Cal Fire firefighters responded to call reporting heavy smoke in a home located in the 43000 block of Dinely Drive. Responders turned off all utilities and determined that the fire had started in a garage but had not spread to the two-story single family dwelling.

A smoldering area in the garage was extinguished. An investigating officer at the scene said the origin of the smoke was from a wood preservative and rags that were being stored in a small container.

Damage to garage was estimated at $5,000.

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