COVER: The house at 901 Old Ranch Road 12 was a total loss, the city’s spokesperson said, but firefighters kept it from spreading to nearby homes and managed to save a car and RV. No one was injured. PHOTO by DON ANDERS
by BRAD ROLLINS
A fire Wednesday evening destroyed a ridgetop house owned by a well-known retired physician but firefighters from five departments were able to contain the blaze before it swept through wooded hills dotted with large, older homes.
The 56-year-old house at 901 Old Ranch Road 12 is a total loss, city spokesperson Melissa Millecam told the San Marcos Mercury at the scene, but its occupants escaped without injury. The home is owned by Dr. Benge Elliott, 91, and his 88-year-old wife, Irene. Millecam said her understanding was that the doctor and his wife were in the house at the time the fire started at about 7:30 p.m. but were able to get out before the structure was fully engulfed.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the city’s fire marshal office.
NOTE: The story originally said the Elliots’ home was 43 years old, based on appraisal district records that state it was built in 1970. Millecam says the house is 56 years old.
COVER: PHOTO by DON ANDERS