Fire rips through Rifle warehouse |

Fire rips through Rifle warehouse

Glenwood Post Independent Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

RIFLE ” An early morning fire ripped through a storage warehouse building in downtown Rifle, causing more than $200,000 in damages, but no injuries.

The structure, in the area of Third Street and Park Avenue, was a storage facility for Warner Plumbing.

The Rifle Fire Protection District received the fire call at 5:24 a.m. and the first fire engine arrived on the scene three minutes later. The structure was fully involved, forcing firefighters to make a defensive attack on the structure due to safety concerns. No firefighters were sent inside the building. Several explosions were heard and reported during the fire as a result of contents within the building.

Responding agencies included the Rifle Fire Protection District, Rifle Police Department, Burning Mountain Fire Protection District, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The fire was contained to the building, with limited damage to vehicles parked next to the building.

The fire was declared out at approximately 7:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Rifle Fire Protection District, Rifle Police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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