Update: Rifle structure fire reignites, Railroad Avenue closes again
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.
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.
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.
Colorado River Fire Rescue firefighters are on scene.
This story will be updated as more information is made available.
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