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Home burns on Riverview Drive

Staff Report

A home fire at the corner of West 12th Street and Riverview Drive early Sunday morning left no one injured but caused losses estimated at more than $300,000.

Investigation crews remained on the scene for several hours, but the cause of the fire was not disclosed in a subsequent press release from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department. By late Sunday, the house was surrounded by police tape and at least one window was boarded shut, according to Russ Arensman, who lives on Riverview Drive.

The incident comes just three months after an Aug. 6 gas explosion destroyed another nearby home on Riverview Drive, injuring Luke Little when he lit a cigarette lighter in the home’s basement.

In this weekend’s fire, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after midnight Sunday morning, after receiving a report of a possible brush fire along Midland Avenue.

With fire and smoke coming from the roof, firefighters initially concentrated on keeping the fire from spreading to nearby homes. The second engine company on scene entered the house and found heavy fire and smoke coming from the attic.

A natural gas meter located on the back of the home was destroyed in the fire, causing the gas to ignite and burn intensely. Unable to shut off the gas, firefighters turned their attention to the fire in the attic space.

After knocking down the attic fire, crews managed to dig below the burning gas to find the shut-off valve. The natural gas burned for some time before the valve was located.

After shutting off the natural gas, operations began to overhaul the structure to assure that the fire was completely out. Crews had the fire under control at about 1:30 a.m.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The family’s cat was inside the structure during the fire, however, and was found under a bed during overhaul operations. The cat was taken to a neighbor’s house by the fire department and appeared uninjured.

Much of the home’s contents were intact but sustained smoke and water damage. The home suffered significant structural damage, and early Fire Department estimates placed the loss upwards of $300,000.

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