Fire heavily damages Winter Park Ranch house |

Fire heavily damages Winter Park Ranch house

East Grand FireA home on County Road 8350 engulfed in flames Saturday, May 12 near Fraser.

A home on County Road 8350, known as Rainbow Lane, in Winter Park Ranch sustained heavy damage from a fire Saturday, May 12.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

One firefighter was taken to the emergency room as a precaution after he hyperventilated, said Todd Holzwarth, East Grand Fire fire chief.

Smoke may have been visible earlier in the area, but the first report didn’t come in until 10:30 a.m. from a passerby, he said. First on the scene was Fraser-Winter Park Police officer Dodd Jacobsen, who confirmed the house was on fire.

East Grand County Fire Protection District No. 4 responded with 18 firefighters, three engines, a ladder truck and support vehicles. Grand Fire District (Granby) was requested to respond with an additional engine and crew. Grand County EMS responded with ambulances and support vehicles. Grand County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators also responded.

On arrival the first engine crew hand-laid a 2.5-inch attack hose up the hill and forced entry to the house. Once inside they found the floor gone and the structure in partial collapse. The crew withdrew due to potential collapse hazard.

Additional lines were laid, and master streams and hand lines were used to extinguish the fire, according to Holzwarth.

East Grand Fire will be assisting the Sheriff’s Office and insurance company investigators in establishing the cause and origin of the fire.

The house, which is owned by Mountain Parks Electric board member Ross Caldwell, was not occupied at the time of the fire, Holzwarth said.