Fire leaves New Castle-area home uninhabitable
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a fire north of New Castle last week that left a single-family home uninhabitable.
Preliminary estimates peg the damage to the structure — located at 990 County Road 245 — and belongings at $250,000, said Orrin Moon, fire marshal for Colorado River Fire Rescue (CRFR). The entire main floor and roof trusses were damaged in the blaze, which left the home uninhabitable.
No injuries were reported.
While the cause has yet to be determined, it is not suspicious in nature, according to a press release.
Crews were called to the home around 8:22 p.m. March 22. When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were coming from the roof. An occupant and pets were evacuating the structure.
Glenwood Springs Fire Department assisted CRFR with water shuttle operations, and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office also responded. In total, 19 firefighters responded to the fire.
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According to the New Castle Police Department’s official Facebook page, a “string of arson-related fires” have occurred in the town recently. Law enforcement believes “the fires to all be related.”