Peter Pan Fire destroys Anderson home, contained at 2 acres

ANDERSON, Calif. - A fire near Anderson High School Monday evening destroyed one home but an air tanker in the area fighting the Clover Fire may have helped it from spreading.

The fire on Peter Pan Gulch Road off Olinda Road started around 7 p.m.

Neighbors said the home quickly went up in flames and started to spread up a hillside before an air tanker from the Clover Fire hit the blaze with retardant and stopped it from spreading.

It was contained at just under 2 acres but not before it destroyed the home, a motorcycle and another vehicle.

The homeowner, 51-year-old Rick Riggins, said his father and uncle built the home in the early 60s and he has lived there all his life.

"It's pretty devastating, I lost everything I own," says Riggins.

Riggins said he does not have insurance and the loss could not have come at a worse time.

"It's all a man can do to make it right now these days," says Riggins. "You know, the way the economy is and it's a pretty devastating fire."

Crews from Anderson, Redding and Cottonwood fire all responded and helped to keep the blaze from spreading to nearby vegetation.

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