Propane grill touched off New Castle house fire |

Propane grill touched off New Castle house fire

The fire that severely burned a New Castle house Saturday afternoon was caused when flames from an unattended propane grill made their way up the side of structure and into the attic, said Burning Mountains Fire Protection District Fire Chief Dave Yowell.

Yowell said the grill was in use outside, right next to the house.

“We’re not sure if the grill was defective, or if it was something on the grill,” Yowell said. “But it wasn’t arson. It was an accident.”

The Burning Mountains Fire Protection District was called to 442 Wagon Circle in Castle Valley at about 1 p.m. on May 18, and was backed by the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

Yowell said someone was operating the grill but nobody was near it when the fire started. The flames worked their way up the outside wall of the two-story house, into the eves and eventually to the attic before burning through a section of the roof.

“The roof burned, and there was water and smoke damage,” Yowell said. “The house is rebuildable, but not livable right now.”

There were no injuries.

Yowell urges people to keep an eye on their propane grills, “and to keep them away from the house.”

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