Heat lamp blamed for fire in Carbondale chicken coop
November 30, 2011
CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Fire Department said a heat lamp running overnight in a chicken coop started a fire early Tuesday that burned the coop and damaged a nearby straw-bale shed and two homes.
Firefighters were first called out at 3:48 a.m. to a brush fire at 184 N. 11th St. in north Carbondale. The first responding officer arrived within eight minutes and reported a fire burning between a shed and a home. The first fire truck was on scene in 16 minutes.
The fire damaged the chicken coop, the shed and windows of the residence, along with a fence, deck and porch at the adjacent residence, 201 N. 10th St.
No one was injured, but all the chickens in the coop perished in the blaze and the coop was a total loss.
The fire department responded with three firetrucks, an ambulance and 17 firefighters. The fire was reported as being out at 4:21 a.m.
Carbondale Deputy Fire Chief Bill Gavette said, “The first arriving engine, staffed with both volunteer and paid members, did an excellent job of containing the fire and preventing further spread.”
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The Carbondale Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department assisted.