One person hurt in Silt Mesa fire |

One person hurt in Silt Mesa fire

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SILT MESA, Colo. ” A house fire at 377 Cindy’s Way in Silt Mesa on Wednesday afternoon sent one person to the hospital and killed approximately 11 pets, according to a press release from the Rifle Fire Protection District.

“The homeowners were unsure of how many animals were in the house at the time of the fire,” said Kevin Whelan, fire marshal with the Rifle Fire Protection District.

Whelan said the occupants claimed to have a large number of dogs, cats, birds and other animals within the house and on the property.

“It’s a rural area and they have a lot of animals,” Whelan said. “We just don’t know exactly how many (of the pets) were still in the house at the time.”

One resident was awakened from a nap by the home’s fire alarm when the blaze broke out. The occupant, who was unnamed, was transported to Grand River Medical Center where the individual was treated for smoke inhalation and released, according to the report.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in a matter of minutes when they reached the house, but the home had already sustained about $200,000 in damage.

“The structure is still standing,” Whelan said. “But there is a lot of smoke damage.”

A Garfield County Sheriff’s officer was the first on the scene and reported smoke and flames visible from a bedroom window and from the north side of the building. The report also stated that upon arrival, fire crews witnessed occupants and relatives gathering up numerous pets from the lawn area.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about five hours, searching for and extinguishing any remaining hot spots.

Along with the Rifle Fire Protection District and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Burning Mountain Fire Crews were called to assist due to the rural nature of the scene and lack of water supply. Excel Energy also responded and assisted with shutting off utilities to the structure to prevent further damage.

An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the fire.

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