Fire claims Parshall business building |

Fire claims Parshall business building

Hot Sulphur Springs-Parshall firefighters, seen here, fought a blaze at the Parshall General Store building from Sunday morning into Monday morning, Feb. 12 and 13. In spite of receiving help from various other fire departments in Grand County, the stucture is deemed a total loss from the fire suspected to have started from a malfunctioning heater. Photo by Jeanette Whitten

One of the few business buildings in Parshall was engulfed in flames Sunday morning from what firefighters suspect to be the result of a malfunctioning, old forced-air furnace.

Around 9:30 a.m., Hot Sulphur Springs-Parshall Fire along with Kremmling Fire crews were dispatched to Parshall when smoke was coming out of the attic of the Parshall General Store, a building Hot Sulphur Springs-Parshall Fire Chief Brad White guessed was originally built about 80 to 90 years ago. Subsequent additions were built onto the building in later years, he said.

Up until a year ago upon the death of business owner Dorothy Hammer, who operated the General Store for longer than four decades, the store was a mainstay Parshall business supplying liquor and general goods.

The family has been trying to sell the building, according to family friend Jeanette Whitten, of Parshall, in hopes that it would one-day reopen as a general store.

“It’s such a big loss to the family,” Whitten said.

Since buildings in Parshall are serviced by water wells, fire departments were forced to haul water to the scene. White estimated about 150,000 gallons of water were trucked in to help fight the fire, to which Hot Sulphur-Parshall crews attended until about 4 a.m. Monday morning.

Granby Fire and Grand County Road and Bridge helped to shuttle water, and eventually East Grand Fire was dispatched to help with an aerial apparatus, White said.

In all, 32 firefighters were on scene, he said, and were able to keep the fire contained so not to spread to a garage located just 3 feet away.

Further weakened by various roof lines from past additions on the building, the blaze in the attic caused the roof to eventually collapse, White said.

Although some valuables may be salvaged in the main part of the building, White called the structure “a total loss.”

Investigators from Grand County Sheriff’s office were on-scene on Monday. The suspected cause of the fire is yet to be made official.

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