Fire destroys Basalt mobile home but firefighters prevent spread in Homestead neighborhood |

Fire destroys Basalt mobile home but firefighters prevent spread in Homestead neighborhood

Staff report

A fire caused extensive damage to a mobile home in Basalt on Saturday night but firefighters were able to prevent the spread to adjacent structures, according to authorities.

The Roaring Fork Fire Rescue Authority was called to 210 Homestead Drive at 6:39 p.m. The first-responders were on the scene within nine minutes, according to Richard Cornelius, a division chief with the fire department. The call initially came in as a fire in the Aspen Basalt Mobile Home Park at 1900 Willits Lane, but the address was corrected while firefighters were en route.

“Firefighting efforts were aggressive and crews were able to have knockdown of the fire at 8:41 p.m., preventing further spread to adjacent structures,” Cornelius wrote in a statement. “Multiple apparatus and 20 personnel from RFFRA were on the scene working for several hours to extinguish the fire and perform extensive overhaul operations.”

The fire appeared to start in a utility room off the kitchen and was considered accidental, Cornelius said. “The fire likely started underneath the home as smoke was first reported to be coming from underneath the home by a neighbor,” he said in an email.

There were no injuries but a dog and bird perished. The six occupants, including three children, weren’t home at the time the first started. The Red Cross was called to assist in finding alternative housing for the occupants.

The mobile home was extensively damaged by fire, smoke and water, according to the fire department. “A majority of the contents were either destroyed or damaged,” the statement said. The monetary loss hasn’t been determined yet.

Mobile homes are tightly packed together in a small mobile home park on the westerly side of Homestead Drive, but no damage was reported to other structures.

The fire department was assisted by the Basalt Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Red Cross.

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