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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue was dispatched to 1855 Fish Creek Falls Road to the report of a structure fire. Updates from neighbors indicated that the entire structure was on fire and was beginning to ignite the trees next to the residence. Initial response included 8 on-duty personnel staffing Fire Engine 6-1 and Ambulances 6-2 and 6-3. 7 off duty personnel responded staffing Ladder 6-2 and 2 Chief Vehicles. Upon initial indication that the structure was fully involved Captain Scott Hetrick requested mutual aid assistance from West Routt Fire Protection District for an engine crew.
Initial arriving crews found the residence to be fully involved in fire and had caught numerous pine trees next to the residence on fire. A defensive strategy was initiated by Captain Scott Hetrick to first knock down the flames in the trees that were threatening nearby residences and then the focus was shifted to the involved structure. First arriving crews deployed 2- 3 inch hose lines to knock down the fire on the structure. During the initial knock down it was discovered that the fire was being fueled by natural gas. Once the flames had been extinguished to a safe point crews were able to attack the gas fire and shut the gas source off where it entered the house. Assistance from Atmos Energy was required as the gas line was still leaking small amounts of gas prior to the shutoff point.
Fire crews remained on scene for several hours to knock down hotspots on the fire. The structure is considered a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No Fire Fighters or civilians were injured during the fire. Steamboat Springs Police Department provided traffic control during the incident. Further questions can be directed to Chief Mel Stewart.