Firefighters contain structure blaze near Winter Park Highlands
Updated 6:20 p.m., Tuesday: Local first responders were able to contain a house fire in the Winter Park Highlands area that resulted in two structure losses and a car fire.
According to Schelly Olson, Assistant Chief with Grand Fire Protection District, firefighters from Grand Fire, based in Granby, and East Grand Fire, based in the Fraser Valley, were called to a structure fire in the Winter Park Highlands area at 4:15 p.m.
The blaze occurred in a single-family dwelling, which is located on Grand County Road 851, that was vacant at the time. However, there was an unconfirmed report of a dog possibly inside the house when it caught fire.
Along with the house, the detached garage and a car parked outside also caught fire, resulting in significant amounts of black and grey smoke, constant car alarms and an occasional airbag explosion.
Both the house and garage were total losses. Cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.
Despite gusting and varied winds, as well as the not easily accessible location of the house close to other homes and green space, fire crews were able to get the fire under control roughly an hour and a half after arriving to the scene.
However, due to the intensity of the blaze, fire crews are continuing to monitor for hot spots and make sure the fire is completely out, according to Sheriff Brett Schroetlin.
The Grand Lake Fire Protection District, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Granby Police and Grand County EMS assisted.
Reporter Lance Maggart contributed to this story.
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