Meteorite not cause of California house fire, officials say

California firefighters are reportedly saying a home that caught fire in rural Nevada County earlier this month was not hit by a meteorite.

Penn Valley Fire Protection District Captain Clayton Thomas told The Sacramento Bee Monday that investigators were looking into the cause of the Nov. 4 fire.

“I am very confident that no rock from outer space has hit this house,” he told the outlet.

The Penn Valley Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit and others responded to the fire in the Mooney Flat area near Lake Englebright.

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According to FOX 40, it took several hours to quell the evening fire that killed family dog ​​Tug and rabbits at the cattle ranch home.

In a Facebook post, the Penn Valley Fire Protection District previously said witnesses reported that a “bright object fell from the sky in the same area immediately prior to this event.”

The Penn Valley Fire Protection District in front of the California home

The Penn Valley Fire Protection District in front of the California home
(Credit: Penn Valley Fire Protection District/Facebook)

Social media users shared images and video of a bright yellow light streaking the sky, and NPR reported that neighbors told arriving firefighters they heard a thunderous crash around the same time the fire was believed to have started.

The homeowner, Dustin Procita, told FOX 40 that he heard a loud crack and pop before he started smelling something burning.

“The smoke was coming out and the flames were coming out and I wanted to do my best to get my dog,” he recalled.

However, Thomas reported that investigators found no evidence that a space rock had affected the structure.

“We don’t see a meteor as a viable option right now,” he told The Sacramento Bee.

A member of the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit on site

A member of the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit on site
(Source: CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit/Twitter)

However, the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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Family members have started a GoFundMe for Procita and his wife Jeanette who are looking for a trailer to live in while they rebuild.

The site says the pair have no homeowners or fire insurance “due to the rural area they live in and the exorbitantly high premiums.”

“We’re still scouring the ruble in search of anything to salvage, as well as the meteor itself. The Fire Department, Air Force, and NASA continue to assist in the search,” the site said in an update.

The CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit responds to the California fire

The CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit responds to the California fire
(Source: CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit/Twitter)

Speaking to NPR, Thomas noted that November 4 was the peak of the meteor shower in the southern Taurids.

And yet Robert Lunsford, the American Meteor Society’s reporting coordinator, said the estimated trajectory associated with the flash of light in Northern California skies was hundreds of miles from the Penn Valley home.

Most meteors burn up in Earth’s atmosphere and are much cooler — and known as meteorites — when they hit the ground.

In theory, NASA says the Taurids and Geminids could send meteorites to our surface every now and then, but no remains have been definitively traced back to them.

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While the odds of someone’s home being hit by a meteor are astronomically small, it’s not zero.

“But coincidence is not the same as causality,” said Thomas.

Fox News Digital’s request for comment from Thomas and the Penn Valley Fire Protection District was not immediately answered.

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