Locals extinguish Rifle fire | PostIndependent.com

Locals extinguish Rifle fire

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Rifle Fire Protection District crews arrived to a wildfire Monday night to find a group of guys already putting out the fire.

“When we arrived there were five men using fire extinguishers putting out the fire,” Rifle Fire Marshal Kevin Whelan said.

The fire department received a call shortly before 8 p.m. about a small brush fire near the AmeriGas facility on Highway 6 on Rifle’s west side. A blown electric transformer box was determined to be the cause of the fire.

A security guard at Rain for Rent, which is just down the road from AmeriGas, saw the smoke from the fire and went to check it out. According to Rain for Rent operation manager Rick Miller, just as the security guard called the fire department, one of the pump operation crews was returning to the shop and stopped off and began dousing the flames with a fire extinguisher.

“They just stopped there and did their thing,” Miller said. “I was glad to hear about it and that they could do what they could to help out in a safe manner.”

Fire crews arrived and extinguished remaining hot spots and cleared the scene about 25 minutes later. Whelan said that the fire department appreciates the help and that it’s a reminder of how important proper fire extinguisher training can be.

“Fire extinguisher training is important, so that small fires can be knocked down quickly and safely,” Whelan said.

Whelan also stressed that while the fire department appreciates the help, their main concern is safety.

“The first priority is life safety to our firefighters and to the others as well,” Whelan said. “If they can do it in a safe manner, that is the most important thing.”

Miller was happy to hear how the crew responded to the emergency. He said that he didn’t even know exactly which crew it was that helped because he didn’t hear about it until Tuesday morning.

“It wasn’t a big deal,” Miller said. “They put it out. Came back to the shop. Clocked out and went home.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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