Blaze destroys house at CMC turnoff |

Blaze destroys house at CMC turnoff

The Carbondale fire department doesn’t know what caused a fire early Tuesday morning that destroyed a home near the Thunder River Market south of Glenwood Springs. An unoccupied house at 5445 County Road 154, owned by Walt Stowe, of Glenwood Springs, caught fire, and the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District was dispatched to the scene at 3:21 a.m., said the department’s public information officer Doug Davis. The house, just west of the Colorado Mountain College turnoff on Colorado Highway 82, was unoccupied at the time of the blaze, and was apparently not Stowe’s personal residence, Davis said. Stowe could not be reached for comment. When the fire department arrived, the house was fully engulfed, and firefighters were forced to knock it down to prevent the fire’s spread to nearby buildings, which included a roofing company warehouse and a 1,200-gallon propane tank. The house was a complete loss, and there no injuries, Davis said. Davis wouldn’t comment about whether arson may have been a factor, adding that he has “no idea” what started the blaze. The cause is under investigation, he said. Though the fire was within the Carbondale Fire District, the Glenwood Springs and Basalt fire departments also responded to the blaze.

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