Blue Lake family snuffs grass fire |

Blue Lake family snuffs grass fire

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EL JEBEL ” Quick action by a family in Blue Lake likely prevented a grass fire from consuming a vacant house in the midvalley subdivision Friday afternoon, according to Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson.

The grass fire was started when a cigarette was discarded near a bus stop along JW Drive, Thompson said. The fire burned a narrow path along a bike path, then traveled beneath a fence to the dry backyard of a vacant house, he said. “It completely consumed the backyard.”

Firefighters were called to Beaver Lane at about 2:30 p.m., but a man and two girls extinguished the blaze with at least one garden hose before the fire engine arrived, Thompson said. The names of the heroes weren’t available. Thompson said the girls appeared to be young teens. He credited the trio’s action with saving the day.

Thompson said it didn’t appear that the backyard of the vacant house had been watered for some time, making it susceptible to the fire.

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