Coal stove cause of house fire outside New Castle |

Coal stove cause of house fire outside New Castle

Carrie Click
Post Independent Staff

A coal stove burning full bore led to a house fire on Main Elk Road northwest of New Castle, said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.

“The house is pretty well gone,” said Vallario of the structure.

Vallario said Warren Wailes is listed as the homeowner. No one was home at the time of the fire.

The house is located at 3132 County Road 243.

Burning Mountains Fire District responded to the fire, as did the Glenwood Springs Fire Department. The Rifle and Carbondale fire departments were put on standby.

“It’s somewhat of a domino principle in fires like this,” Vallario said. “When one department responds to a fire, other departments come in to cover those regions that are left.”

Reportedly, Wailes owns three dogs. Firefighters removed two dogs from the house.

A third dog had not been located as of late Tuesday afternoon.

“We don’t know yet if the dog was inside the home or if he ran off,” said Vallario.

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