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Update: Rifle structure fire reignites, Railroad Avenue closes again

Flames rise from the Carquest Auto Parts building at 1000 Railroad Avenue in Rifle as firefighters with Colorado RIver Fire Rescue create a vent for the smoke with the help of the ladder truck Wednesday afternoon. Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram

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Update 10/23/19 at 5:14 p.m.: Firefighters responded for the second time to a structure fire at Carquest Auto Parts on Railroad Avenue after it reignited Wednesday afternoon in Rifle.

Colorado River Fire Rescue crews were at Station 41 cleaning up and storing equipment when the call came out at approximately 2:26 p.m.

The building was fully engulfed when the firefighters arrived.

Four engines and a ladder truck and more than a dozen firefighters were on hand trying to subdue the inferno.

The commercial and residential building housed three apartments upstairs and the auto parts business on the main floor.

Fire officials said that nine people who lived in the apartments upstairs are now displaced.

CRFR originally responded to the scene of the fire located at 1000 Railroad Avenue across from the Garfield County Fairgrounds at approximately 9:14 a.m.

Maria Pina, Community Risk Reduction Specialist with CRFR, said smoke and flames were visible from the back of the building (east side) upon arrival.

By 4 p.m. Wednesday the roof was partially collapsed and fire continued to burn in the attic and second story of the building.

With the help of the ladder truck firefighters were able to cut a vent in the attic on the front of the building to release the intense heat built up from the fire.

Firefighters remain on the scene applying water to slow the advancing flames.

Fire Fighters with Colorado RIver Fire Rescue hit the fully engulfed structure fire with a heavy dose of water on Railroad Avenue in Rifle Wednesday. Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram
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Fire Fighters with Colorado RIver Fire Rescue return to the scene of a fully engulfed structure fire on Railroad Avenue in Rifle Wednesday. Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram
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Update 10/23/19 at 3:26 p.m.: The structure fire at Carquest Auto Parts has reignited, forcing the closure of Railroad Avenue again.

Two firefighters walk to the entrance of the Carquest Auto Parts building after the second floor caught fire on Wednesday morning in Rifle.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent
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Railroad Avenue in Rifle is currently closed to traffic Wednesday morning due to a structure fire at Carquest Auto Parts located at 1000 Railroad Avenue.

The charred remains of the second floor of the Carquest Auto Parts store which caught fire Wednesday morning in Rifle.
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Colorado River Fire Rescue firefighters are on scene.

A firefighter speaks to other fire crews outside the building while working to extinguish a structure fire that broke out on the upper level of building located at 1000 Railroad Avenue in Rifle on Wednesday morning.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent
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This story will be updated as more information is made available.


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