Edited at 2:20 p.m. to correct a name.
BARSTOW • Fire tore through the garage of a Barstow home Wednesday evening on the 900 block of Keith Avenue, causing major structural damage but no injuries.
The house is owned by Anne-Shirley Harpole, whose father, retired Barstow Police lieutenant Rich Harpole, is running for City Council. Anne-Shirley Harpole, 20, won the Up & Coming award at the city's Community Awards Banquet Jan. 28.
"It's a tragedy," she said.
Harpole's boyfriend, Chris Schreiner, was home when he discovered a fire in the garage. Schreiner was able to evacuate dogs from the home, escape the property safely and contact firefighters at 5:57 p.m.
It took 13 firefighters about an hour to control the flames, according to the Barstow Fire Protection District. Crews from the Marine Corps Logistics Base assisted Barstow firefighters.
Firefighters estimated that the fire caused about $95,000 in damage. They were unable to determine the cause of the fire.
Harpole purchased the home in June 2011 and moved in July 1. After making upgrades to the property like replacing flooring and repainting walls, "it was kind of depressing to see all the hard work just burn," Harpole said.
While most of the damage was to the garage, smoke damaged the entire house, Harpole said. She said the entire structure would have to be rebuilt.
Sal Correo, assistant fire chief, said that sometimes homes built in the 1950s could have problems with wiring that could spark fires. There were no gas-powered appliances in the garage that could have leaked, Correo said.
"It's just one of those things," Correo said, adding that Schreiner was fortunate the fire occurred when he was awake.
Firefighters received Schreiner's emergency call at 5:57 p.m. and arrived on the scene seven minutes later, Correo said.
Harpole said she was proud of the firefighters' work containing the blaze.
"They worked their butts off," she said.
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