REDSTONE — A house fire here on Sunday night sent a family to the Redstone Inn for the night, although no one was home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.
According to a statement from the Carbondale fire department, which has jurisdiction over fires in the Redstone area, the fire was reported at 6:37 p.m., at 251 Bobcat Lane in the Redstone Ranch Acres subdivision.
The first firefighter on the scene saw flames outside the chimney case of the home, and worked with a neighbor to combat the flames and keep it from spreading until the first fire engine arrived.
According to the report from the fire department, a neighbor not only used fire extinguishers to keep the fire from spreading, but also let the family dog out of the burning house.
The fire department sent four fire trucks and 18 firefighters to the scene, and the fire was reported under control at 7:40 p.m.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the fire, according to the statement, and the American Red Cross sent an “action team” to find housing for the family of two adults and two children.
According to Fire Chief Ron Leach, the family was housed in the Redstone Inn for Sunday night, and it was not known as of Monday afternoon what their immediate plans were.
Leach also said that, while the house was damaged by the blaze, it should be reparable and was not ruled a total loss.
The name of the family has not been released, and the cause of the fire is being investigated.