Fire destroys Paradise house: Red Cross helps family burned out of Paradise home

  • A house on Paige Lane in Paradise is engulfed in flames Thursday morning. The first units to the fire said more than 50 percent of the home was burning when they got there.(Photo by Paradise firefighter Shaun Mahanoy)<p class='dotPhoto'>All Chico E-R photos are available <a href=''>here</a>.</p>



PARADISE — A fire destroyed a Paradise family”s Paige Lane home Thursday morning, displacing a mother, her four boys and her boyfriend.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but the home went up quickly and burned hot as about 20 firefighters and four engines battled the blaze for more than an hour.

The preliminary investigation shows no foul play, fire officials said.

Relatives said Alicia Nash-Cruff, her 4-year-old boy and 16-month old son were home when the fire started but escaped without injury. The older boys, 9 and 6, were at school at the time.

Nash-Cruff”s boyfriend admitted himself to the hospital for an ankle injury he sustained while climbing from a bedroom window, said Alicia”s brother, Greg Nash.

The fire spread so rapidly that the family was caught inside and had to crawl on the floor to a window and climb out, homeowner Mary Ann Nash said.

Greg Nash had just left the family”s living room to take his son to school and returned 15 minutes later to find the home on fire. By then a neighbor had called 9-1-1.

Paradise Fire dispatchers received the call at 8:42 a.m. and Chief Chris Jensen was first on the scene within five minutes to find the home totally engulfed, he said.

Jensen first spotted the home from a nearby church and in the minute it took to find the secluded back-road home east of Pentz Road, the fire had doubled in size, he said.

Shortly thereafter, Paradise Engine 2 arrived. Firefighters had to fight the blaze from the outside of the home for about an hour because it was too hot to enter, he said.

Mary Ann Nash was raised in the home her father built starting in 1960, and recently took possession of the house after her mother moved out to live with other family members.

The home was fully insured but her daughter”s family”s possessions were not.

The American Red Cross provided the family with financial help and a place to stay.

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