Oak Creek home catches fire Monday morning; no one injured
April 22, 2013
Oak Creek — An Oak Creek home caught fire Monday morning for the second time in a year.
Oak Creek Fire Rescue was dispatched to the home at 134 W. Williams St. at 8:57 a.m. after its owners called 911 to report the fire.
The owners started a fire in a wood stove Monday and tried to put it out when they heard popping and crackling noises, Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said. They then went outside and saw smoke, sparks and small flames coming from the area around their chimney, Wisecup said. The fire grew and spread throughout the second level of the house.
Flames were coming out both gables by mid-morning and the home’s metal roof had partially melted, exposing a hole in the top of the house. Firefighters initially attempted to fight the fire from inside the home but were ordered to evacuate when the roof became unstable, Wisecup said.
At one point, Wisecup said firefighters were using 1,500 gallons per minute to douse the blaze.
A ladder truck was brought in to help firefighters reach the hole in the roof and peel it back to better access the fire.
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The fire was under control by 11:15 a.m., and crews remained on scene until about 4 p.m. Wisecup said the home’s second story sustained extensive structural damage. The remainder of the home sustained severe water and smoke damage. No one was injured as a result of the fire.
The Yampa Fire Department, Routt County Emergency Management, Routt County Sheriff’s Office, Oak Creek Police Department, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and the Oak Creek Public Works Department provided assistance to Oak Creek Fire Rescue.
According to Routt County property records, the house is owned by Jessica and Mark Fitzgerald. The Fitzgeralds could not be reached for comment Monday.
The house previously caught fire in June 2012. That fire started on the exterior of the home and caused little damage to the interior.