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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue was dispatched to the report of a barn on fire at the intersection of Highway 131 and County Road 22. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded with 8 on-duty personnel and one off duty Chief staffing Engine 6-2, Tender 6-4, Ambulance 6-3 and Staff 6-2. Updates from Routt County Communications included that there appeared to be 2-3 foot flames on the exterior of the barn per the reporting party. A mutual aid request for an additional Water Tender was made from Oak Creek Fire Protection District and Routt County Sheriff Office assisted on the scene.
Upon arrival on scene the barn appeared to have only an exterior side on fire and was inhabited by goats and ducks. An offensive attack was made on the exterior of the structure with a 1 ¾ handline and all visible flames were quickly knocked down. Entry was made in to the barn and all interior fire was put out. Using a chain saw crews cut in to the floor where it had been burned through to insure that the fire had not spread in to the floor joists and crawl space. Once the fire was out crews were able to use plastic and cover up the burned hole on the exterior of the barn making it habitable for the ducks and goats until repairs can be made.
The cause of the fire appears to have been a heat lamp which caught the wall and floor of the barn on fire in the ducks room. Damage is estimated to be $500 and all animals were unharmed and accounted for. For further questions contact Deputy Chief Cerasoli at 970-879-7170.