Basalt firefighters put out house fire in Missouri Heights

Staff report

Basalt firefighters put out a house fire in Missouri Heights Monday night after the homeowners returned from work at about 6:15 p.m. and found smoke escaping from the eaves.

Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson said the fire was a product of a construction project. Workers were refinishing floors in the home in Red Table Acres. “We found it in the living room area,” he said.

It’s possible that refinishing materials at the scene ignited the fire, according to Thompson. He estimated the loss at $10,000.

The residents were living in a basement while the work was performed and they will be able to continue living there, Thompson said. The house suffered smoke damage after the fire apparently got into the walls.

Basalt Fire Department responded with 22 firefighters, including paid personnel and volunteers, plus two fire engineers, one ladder truck and one ambulance. No one was injured. Firefighters were on the scene for about one hour.