Fire damages $1.3 million Breckenridge home
BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado A fire in Breckenridge Tuesday afternoon damaged a single family home but spared any residents from injury, according to Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue.According to Brandon Williams with Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, the structure did not appear to be occupied at the time of the fire.More than 16 firefighters from both Red, White & Blue Fire District and Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue responded to a call at 1005 4 Oclock Rd. to find smoke and flames coming from the single family structure.According to Williams, a gas line running along the front side of the house had been pulled from the exterior and, once ignited, continually fed the fire, complicating the crews efforts. Fire authorities are now investigating what may have caused the fire gas line ignition.When crews arrived there was fire on both the exterior and interior, said Red, White & Blue Fire Marshal Jay Nelson. We isolated the fire pretty quick but its hard to say how much damage has been done.Fire authorities that arrived on scene quickly called Xcel Energy to shut off the gas and electric running to the property.We think the weight of the snow broke off the main gas line, said Glen Anderson with Xcel Energy. But we dont know if that is what started the fire.Once the gas supply was located and shut off, operations moved to tracking down any remaining fire or smoldering parts of the structure to prevent re-ignition.We saw smoke from all the way down in town so came up to see what was happening, said Mike Hyland who watched with his wife Kris as over 15 firefighters arrived to try to minimize the fire damage as well as protect neighboring properties.As of 2:45 p.m. the fire was extinguished and fire crews began initiating mop-up operations, conducting internal knockdowns to ensure structural stability.According to the Summit County Assessors Office, the five-bedroom property was built in 1975 and is valued at $1.3 million. The owners, who live in Arkansas and rent out the property, are now working with the insurance company to determine the damage on the property they named Our Mountain Honey.
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