Fire destroys shed, farm equipment
December 22, 2006
A fire destroyed a shed and ranching equipment Thursday afternoon southwest of Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Bob Struble said the fire, which was first noticed by a passing UPS delivery truck driver, consumed the 20-by-24-foot shed, a tractor and a Bobcat at a home near Routt County roads 43 and 43A.
No injuries were reported. Buildings close to the fire, including two homes and a steel garage, were not damaged.
It took firefighters several minutes to reach the fire because it was at the southern end of Steamboat’s fire district, on the border of the Oak Creek Fire Protection District.
“Unfortunately, there was a lot of damage,” Struble said.
Firefighters with the Oak Creek Fire Protection District were called to help Steamboat firefighters battle the blaze, which was visible from several miles away.
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Routt County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dan Kelliher, who also responded to the fire, said the property owners described the flames as “way above their capability to even consider controlling it.”
Jalynn and Perry Hoffman, who live at the residence, were home at the time of the fire, and called 911 after the UPS driver called them, Kelliher said.
An immediate cause of the fire has not been determined, and fire investigators likely will return to the home today to investigate what may have started the fire, Struble said.
“Right now, we do not suspect arson,” he said.