No injuries after home catches fire in Oak Creek
June 6, 2012
Steamboat Springs — No one was hurt when an Oak Creek home caught fire early Wednesday.
Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 134 W. Williams St. at about 1 a.m. after a resident woke up and saw flames outside the house. The resident tried to put out the fire with a garden hose, and firefighters were at the scene within four minutes of being dispatched, Wisecup said.
A husband and wife, their three kids and a dog got out safely.
Wisecup was working with the Routt County Sheriff's Office during the day Wednesday to investigate the cause, which still is unknown. He said that the fire started on the exterior of the home and that investigators do not think it was intentionally set. The investigation was scheduled to continue Thursday with an insurance company investigator.
Wisecup said that wind in excess of 20 mph helped fan the flames but that damage mostly was contained to one side of the house.
Wisecup said there was no significant structural damage.
"There was very little damage inside from the fire," Wisecup said.
Eight Oak Creek firefighters had to cut through the walls to put out the fire.
"The guys did a good job," Wisecup said.
Damage was estimated at about $80,000.
The two-story, single-family home was built using straw-bale construction, where bales of straw were used for the walls and then covered with stucco.
According to Routt County property records, the 1,900-square-foot home sold for $146,500 in April 2011 and is owned by Jessica and Mark Fitzgerald.
When reached by phone Wednesday, Jessica Fitzgerald said the family was doing fine.
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