Firefighters knock down three-ton hay fire
April 17, 2016
Steamboat Springs — Firefighters spent more than two hours Saturday night battling a fire at a barn that contained three tons of hay on Routt County Road 33.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue received a report of a barn fire at 8:34 p.m. Saturday in the 38000 block of Routt County Road 33, about 3 1/2 miles from the end of 13th Street.
One Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue engine staffed with three firefighters cleared from one of two medical calls that were currently happening and headed for the scene.
Updates from dispatch let arriving personnel know that the barn was filled with three tons of hay, three pigs and a tractor, and that a nearby airport hangar with an attached residence may also be on fire, though it was not.
Upon arrival at 8:51 p.m., Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Captain Paul Gilbertson determined that all animals had been evacuated from the barn, which was fully involved in flames. The first engine began working on knocking down the fire with a large diameter hose.
A call for additional off-duty firefighters brought three more personnel to staff two 2,000 gallon rural water supply engines.
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West Routt Fire was dispatched to assist in firefighting efforts and responded with an additional engine and water tender.
A Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue ambulance also responded to the fire.
Steamboat's two fire tenders and West Routt's one tender then began shuttling water from the nearest hydrant at Ferrell Gas on 13th street, a 7 1/2 mile round trip drive.
After two hours of work spraying about 13,000 gallons of water and foam on the fire, Gilbertson and the barn owner determined at 11 p.m. the fire was sufficiently knocked down.
Due to the large amount of hay, firefighters think the fire will continue to smolder for several days.
According to Routt County Assessor's Office records, the barn sits on a property owned by Susan Shoemaker.
The barn and its contents were a total loss, according to the news release.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.