Firefighters respond to early morning woodshop blaze
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Firefighters with the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District responded to an early morning fire today that reportedly broke out in an unoccupied woodworking shop west of town.Crews were called at approximately 4 a.m. Thursday to a report of a structure fire at 2028 County Road 108, about three miles west of town, according to a fire department press release.Firefighters were on scene within 15 minutes and found a wood-working shop about 50 percent engulfed in flames, Carbondale Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin said.The department responded with six fire trucks and water tenders, one ambulance and 18 personnel.Two nearby residences were not threatened, Goodwin said. Only one of the residences was occupied, and no one was in the wood shop at the time, he said.”The residents who were home were awakened by their dog barking, saw the fire and called it in,” Goodwin said.The fire was knocked down within 20 minutes, he said, but the building was a total loss. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.”The Carbondale Fire District volunteer and paid firefighters did a great job of responding quickly and doing an aggressive initial attack on this fire under adverse conditions,” Goodwin said.There was no water supply in the immediate area, so water had to be shuttled up from the nearest hydrant located next to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus about two miles away.”The fire was brought under control efficiently and safely due to a great team effort by these responders,” Goodwin said.The cause of the fire is under investigation, and damages were not immediately known. The name of the property owner was not available.The Basalt Fire District and Garfield County Sheriffs Department also responded to this incident.
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