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West Routt barn destroyed by fire

West Routt firefighters work at a barn fire Thursday north of Hayden.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A barn in rural West Routt County was completely destroyed after it caught fire Thursday.

At 4:30 p.m., West Routt firefighters were called to a report of smoke coming from a barn at 7420 Routt County Road 74, which is about a 20-minute drive north from Hayden.

“It was called in as a smoke report,” West Routt Chief Dal Leck said. “They didn’t see any flames.”

When firefighters got there, the barn was completely engulfed. They put water and foam on the fire and quickly knocked it down. They used an engine, a water tanker and two brush trucks to battle the blaze.

“I think the building was a total loss,” Leck said.

The fire started a small brush fire that firefighters also were able to quickly put out.

“If the winds came up, it could have developed pretty fast,” Leck said.

A home on the property, which is located on the 35-acre ranch, was about 100 feet from the fire, but it did not sustain any heat damage.

No vehicles or equipment were inside the barn.

The value of the damage was not know.

It is believed the fire might have been caused by bad wiring.

“Mice and rodents get in there and chew on it, and pretty soon one of them gets shorted out,” Leck said.

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