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Structure fire brought under control Saturday on eastern edge of Glenwood Springs

A firefighter sprays a burning house with water in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
Ray K. Erku / Post Independent

Multiple agencies responded Saturday afternoon to a structure fire on the eastern edge of Glenwood Springs near Seventh Street and Palmer Avenue.

Everyone in the structure was safely evacuated, and nearby residents were evacuated during the blaze, said Mina Bolton, emergency services coordinator for the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

One firefighter was treated and released from Valley View Hospital for a minor injury, and one of the building’s occupants also sustained burns, according to a Sunday news release from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.



“This was a complex incident that required substantial resources,” Incident Commander Jesse Hood said. “Without the support from our neighboring agencies, the outcome of this incident would have been much worse.”

Neighbor John Gonzales said he was sitting on his back porch around 3:30 p.m. when he started to see black smoke rising from the structure and called 911.



“Pretty soon I looked over and it was a big poof of black smoke,” he said. “I’ve been sitting here hoping it doesn’t catch that house and that house and and that house and the mountainside and everything else.”

A house on fire in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
Ray K. Erku / Post Independent

Gonzales said the occupant of the house got his wife, who was possibly sleeping, out of the residence before it was too late.

“He broke in there and got her out,” he said. “But somehow he burned his arm.”

A wildland division was on scene patrolling the nearby brush to ensure the fire didn’t spread into public lands nearby, and a helicopter was called in for support, Bolton added.

Another neighbor, Matt Creer, said he didn’t see the fire immediately but came later on the scene.

A Glenwood Springs police officer observes as firefighters battle a housefire Saturday.
Ray K. Erku / Post Independent

“There was some black smoke coming from the right hand balcony over there, like a pretty thick plume of that black smoke,” he said. “Then it just kind of spread from there.”

Nearby structures were not threatened, but were being monitored during the blaze, Bolton said.

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

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Garfield County Fire Investigation Team, in conjunction with the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, according to the Sunday release.


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