Blaze destroys home outside New Castle |

Blaze destroys home outside New Castle

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Tanny McGinnis/Garfield County Sheriff's OffFirefighters battle a house fire outside New Castle on Thursday.

NEW CASTLE, Colo. – No one was hurt Thursday in a fire that destroyed a New Castle-area home and threatened to spark a wildfire, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Twenty-seven firefighters from various agencies responded to the blaze at 982 County Road 245. The fire was reported at about 3 p.m.

For about an hour, crews battled 15-foot flames that engulfed both a two-story house and detached garage. The blaze also scorched about an acre of land around the residence, according to the sheriff’s office.

No one was hurt; the home’s occupant quickly left the area after reporting the fire. The residence was deemed a total loss, authorities said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire crews kept the fire from climbing surrounding terrain and threatening other homes. A helicopter was used to make sure embers did not ignite nearby hillsides.

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Responding to the scene were firefighters with the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District in New Castle, the Rifle and Glenwood Springs fire departments, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. An ambulance, sheriff’s deputies and the sheriff’s Victim Response Team also responded.

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