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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-December 16, 2019-Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue (SSFR) was dispatched to 705 Pine Street yesterday, December 15, 2019, for the report of a structure fire at 10:41am.
Eight on duty personnel and eight off duty personnel responded with two engines, one Tower, two ambulances and one staff vehicle. Interim Fire Chief Chuck Cerasoli was the first member on scene and found a small residence with flames coming out of the picture window of the kitchen. Renters had evacuated the residence and informed him that no one was left in the building, but a kitten was unaccounted for. A passerby had rescued a dog from the attached vacation rental. Ambulance 6-2 was the next unit on scene and transported two of the residents to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Upon arrival of Engine 6-2 crews stretched a 1-¾ inch hose through the front door of the residence and quickly knocked down all visible flames. Most of the heat and fire was found in the kitchen but had spread to other areas of the house. While the engine crew was looking for extension of fire into the walls and ceiling, a second crew made entry into the residence with infrared cameras to look for the missing kitten. Crews were unsuccessful in finding the kitten, but hope remains that it had made its way out or found a place to hide away from the smoke.
By 1130 the fire was put out and personnel began to clean up equipment. All contents of the residence are considered a total loss and the residents are displaced. Routt County Crisis Support Fund was contacted to help the family and a Go Fund Me Page has been set up. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the office of the Steamboat Springs Fire Marshall.
During this call West Routt Fire Protection District (WRFPD) was called for mutual aid with a Ladder Truck and Oak Creek Fire Protection District (OCFPD) provided an ambulance. Both agencies covered an accident west of Steamboat Springs that occurred during this incident.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance Routt County Communication Center, Steamboat Springs Police Department, WRFPD and OCFPD.
ContactChuck Cerasoli, Interim Fire Chief, 970.879.7170, or email Travis Wilkinson, Captain, 970.879.7170 or email