PARACHUTE, Colorado - An early Monday morning blaze in the Pioneer Mobile Home Court consumed one double-wide mobile home and damaged a truck, but did not spread any further.
Grand Valley Fire Chief David Blair reported that no one was injured, but one cat perished in the fire.
The fire started about 5 a.m. and seven firefighters were paged out at 5:11 a.m. The crew knocked the fire down within 20 minutes, Blair reported, and firefighters stayed on the scene for most of the day mopping up.
An investigator from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was slated to work with the fire department today to determine the cause and point of origin for the fire. Blair said the cause is unknown at present.
The home at 312 Pioneer Ave. is a total loss, Blair said.
The home was owned by the late Connie Hasbrouck, who passed away on Oct. 27. For the past three years, her son, David Hasbrouck, has been living with her.
An engineering technician for Yeh and Associates, David Hasbrouck escaped from the home wearing only his pajamas, said Juanita Williams, owner of the mobile home park and a neighbor. Hasbrouck was able to rescue two of the family's three cats.
Neighbors in the mobile home park tried to fight the fire in the minutes before the fire engines arrived. In particular, Toby Williams used a garden hose to wet down the mobile homes on either side of the Hasbrouck home and to keep the fire pushed back from a large tree.
An employee of the energy company Williams Midstream, who was staying at the nearby Parachute Inn, was also at the scene using a fire extinguisher.