Rural Petaluma home destroyed by fire

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.

Firefighters were summoned to the 1,400-square-foot stucco home, built around 1920, by neighbors' 911 calls.

Stadler Lane House Fire


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.

Stadler Lane is a one-lane, pock-marked street off Eastman Lane about three miles west of Petaluma city limits.

The building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and the structure was already damaged, he said, heightening concerns about firefighters' safety.

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