Stove causes morning blaze in Routt

Minor damage, no injuries during house fire in Routt County

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— Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue extinguished a house fire early Thursday in the Grouse Creek Park subdivision off Colorado High­­­way 131.

According to Routt County Dis­­patch, emergency responders were dispatched at 12:36 a.m. to the 28700 block of Grouse Greek Park Road, off Routt County Road 14A. Lt. Michael Arce said they were able to put out the fire from a wood-burning stove in minutes because the homeowner worked to contain it before they arrived.

“The homeowner put a majority of the fire out himself,” he said.

Arce said the fire burned through trusses and destroyed part of the roof over the living area but it didn’t extend to any other parts of the home. He said there were no injuries.

Firefighters kept water damage to a minimum, but Arce said they had to pull down parts of the ceiling to make sure the blaze was completely extinguished.

Arce said Steam­boat Springs Fire Rescue was on scene cleaning up until 4 a.m.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated, Arce said. He couldn’t say whether the fire started in the ceiling or the wall, but added that the wood-burning stove had been running for a while.

Arce advised people who use wood-burning stoves to keep them attended.

“I realize it’s cold outside and it’s been cold outside and people have had their wood-burning stoves on for a while to keep their homes warm,” he said. “Just keep an eye on them.”

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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