Sunday morning fire destroys Fish Creek Falls Road home |

Sunday morning fire destroys Fish Creek Falls Road home

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded early Sunday morning to a structure fire in the 1800 block of Fish Creek Falls Road.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters worked overnight to knock down a blaze that destroyed a home in the 1800 block of Fish Creek Falls Road, early Sunday morning.

The two-story 2,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath house was a total loss and was still emitting smoke late Sunday morning.

According to Routt County Assessor’s office records, the home, located at 1855 Fish Creek Falls Road is owned by J. Gardner and Millicent G. Flanigan.

The homeowners were out of town at the time of the fire, and a house sitter was not at the residence, but the sitter’s car was, according to Fire Chief Mel Stewart.

Eight on-duty personnel in one engine and two ambulances arrived on scene at 1:21 a.m. to find the structure fully involved in flames, according to a news release.

The on-duty staff were joined by seven off-duty personnel in a ladder engine and fire chief vehicle.

In addition to the home, the fire had ignited numerous pine trees near the residence. A vehicle in the home’s driveway was also destroyed.

Led by Capt. Scott Hetrick, crews first knocked down the flames in the trees that were threatening nearby residences, then shifted their focus to the involved structure.

While initially knocking down the fire, crews realized a leaking natural gas line was fueling the flames.

After the flames had been extinguished to a safe point, crews were able to attack the gas fire and shut off the source of gas where it entered the house.

Atmos Energy was called to assist with the gas line, which continued to leak small amounts of gas.

Fire crews remained on-scene for several hours to knock down hotspots.

No injuries to people were reported, but Stewart said there may have been one or two dogs inside the home at the time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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