By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — A home was fully destroyed and two pets were killed when a fire broke out in the afternoon of New Year’s Day.
Trinity Fire Department Assistant Chief Keith Johnson said firefighters responded to a structure fire at Hester Lane and Trinlady Road at about 1:15 p.m. New Year’s Day.
When they arrived, the first units found the house engulfed in flames. The department responded with an engine and two tankers and a rescue truck, as well as 17 firefighters, he said.
Lovelady Fire Department responded with a tanker to assist with the water supply, and Ventura EMS was standing by to help firefighters, who were on scene for about 3 hours extinguishing the blaze.
Johnson said the house owned by Trinity County Deputy Constable Tom Hester was a total loss. Two pets perished in the fire.
Firefighters also responded to a small grass fire in Trinity Cove on Sportsman Drive at approximately 6:15 p.m. One brush truck and 11 firefighters extinguished the small fire.