Update: No injuries reported in South Glenwood residence blaze believed to start at fireplace | PostIndependent.com

Update: No injuries reported in South Glenwood residence blaze believed to start at fireplace

Firefighters from multiple agencies along with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office responded to a structure fire at Riverside Cottages on Tuesday night. Peter Baumann / Post Independent

Two residents were evacuated by a neighbor but no injuries were reported in a house fire Tuesday night along the Roaring Fork River.

In a news release Wednesday, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department reported they received a call of a fire shortly before 9 p.m. at Riverside Cottages on County Road 154.

“Firefighters arrived within minutes to find an active fire with heavy smoke coming from the attic of a single-family dwelling,” the release states. “Firefighters immediately began offensive fire suppression operations. The structure sustained severe fire, smoke and water damage. Overhaul operations continued until the early morning hours of the following day.”

In the news release, Incident Cmdr. David Reinhold said firefighters’ rapid response prevented the fire from spreading to thick vegetation nearby.

Although the unit was a duplex, only one unit was occupied at the time. The residents received assistance afterward from the Red Cross, according to the release.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Garfield County Fire Investigation, but it’s been determined it started at a fireplace, according to the release.

Responding agencies include the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and Glenwood Springs Police Department.

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