Swiss Village home ‘heavily damaged’ by fire
April 11, 2012
CARBONDALE – A home in the Swiss Village subdivision south of Carbondale sustained heavy damage from a fire Monday night, but no one was injured, according to a report from the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.
The blaze involved a two-story house at 375 Ute Trail, a vehicle parked nearby and the surrounding brush, according to Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin.
Goodwin added that there is no indication that the fire was deliberately set or of a suspicious nature.
The fire drew a swift and strong response from area firefighters.
The alarm, Goodwin said, came into the Carbondale fire station shortly before 7:30 p.m., describing “a possible brush fire with structures involved or threatened.”
“In that case, you try to respond for every contingency possible,” Goodwin said. The response included seven fire trucks, one ambulance and four utility vehicles loaded with firefighting equipment.
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Firefighters were at the scene within eight minutes of the alarm, and trucks and crews arrived within 15 minutes, according to a statement from the district. A total of 35 emergency services personnel were at the scene.
The crews worked on the vehicle fire, the house fire and the brush fire simultaneously, according to Goodwin.
The brush fire reportedly was under control within 10 minutes, and the house fire was controlled within 30 minutes.
The vehicle, Goodwin said, was destroyed by the fire.
Goodwin said mop-up operations and monitoring of the scene went on throughout the night, and that no firefighters were injured in the incident.
“The volunteers and paid staff of the district did an outstanding job of responding quickly and performing safely under very adverse conditions,” concluded Goodwin.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Carbondale fire department.