Firefighters respond to a fire on North Church Street in Janesville. A body of a man was found in the residence. Photo by Makenzie Davis
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — Firefighters initially responded to what they believed was a routine smoke check, but instead discovered a fully engulfed structure and a dead body.
According to Janesville Fire District fire chief Dan Paulson, at about 1:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, he arrived at a residence on North Church Street believing the white smoke belonged to a routine burn pile around the house. Upon arrival, however, he discovered a 21 or 22-foot long fifth wheel consumed in a fire.
Within the fifth wheel was the body of Ronald Rosengren, 71, of Janesville, and five or six cats and two dogs, according to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.
The cause of the fire and Rosengren’s death are still under investigation by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division and CalFire law enforcement investigators.
The neighboring trailer and the residence next to the fifth wheel were exposed to the flames, but firefighters were able to isolate the fire to the one building, according to Paulson. The fifth wheel was a total loss.
Assisting the Janesville Fire District in the incident were CalFire, Susan River Fire Protection District, the Bureau of Land Management, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services.