Fire totally destroyed a home on Village View Dr. before sunrise Easter morning. Idyllwilld Fire Captain James Reyes was the incident commander. He the loss was total and the neighbor saved the occupant’s life, Reyes added.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. Paul Colucci was awakened when his neighbor, Robert Peek came to his door. Colucci's house was halfway engulfed in flames when Peek and Judi Way noticed a glowing outside.
Idyllwild Fire and multiple Riverside County Fire crews arrived on scene quickly. The blaze grew at an astonishing rate. The house quickly and fully engulfed in flames as well as the surrounding trees by the time emergency personnel arrived on scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Thanks to Peek, Colucci escaped the incident unscathed.
Photos by Jenny Kirchner