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Fire destroys rural Petaluma home

Valley Ford Fire chief Nick Epstein works with Blake Skinner to identify hot spots in a home destroyed by fire. Firefighters were called to the Stadler Lane home fire in northwest Petaluma at 3:37 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:34 p.m.

Dozens of firefighters battled demanding conditions early Tuesday morning to douse a fire at a rural Petaluma-area home surrounded by tons of debris and junk.

The two-story Stadler Lane home was destroyed in the 3:30 a.m. fire. No one was hurt and the home wasn't being lived in, the owner told fire officials.

Fire engines and water tenders had difficulty navigating the narrow street and were forced to park above the 4-acre property, running a 400-foot water line down a muddy unpaved drive to the home, Sonoma County Fire Capt. Bob Borges said.

It was unclear what condition the home was in before the fire. Borges said to rebuild would likely cost $400,000 to $500,000.

Ten fire agencies and about three dozen firefighters responded.

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