Late Christmas fire claims home near Kremmling
A late Christmas fire in the Big Horn Park area north of Kremmling ended in the total loss of a home as local first responders battled frigid winter weather conditions and impassable, snow-covered roads on County Road 2416.
First responders were paged just after 8 p.m. Monday night for a structure fire on County Road 2416, deep within the Big Horn Park area near Monument Creek. Call logs from Grand County’s Emergency Dispatch Center indicated officials believed the blaze may have been the result of a chimney fire. High winds and heavy snow over the holiday weekend greatly impacted roads in the area and, shortly after the initial call for response, additional calls were made for assistance from a Grand County Road and Bridge plow so fire crews could reach the structure.
It was initially reported in the dispatch logs that subjects inside the home had evacuated, though it was later unclear if there had been occupants inside the home or at the scene. No injuries were reported.
The home in question was fully engulfed in flames by 8:39 p.m., according to logs from dispatch. By 9:24 p.m. the structure was declared a total loss and the home’s garage was beginning to ignite, according to the logs. After an additional 90 minutes spent battling the fire, first responders reported to dispatch that the home’s garage had been saved.
“Lots of snow and wind made for a challenging night for our responder, but when you call we always respond,” read a statement by Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin posted on the Grand County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “Thanks to Grand County Road and Bridge and some citizens who stepped up to help plow the route.”
Officials from the Kremmling Fire Protection District and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office were not immediately available for comment Tuesday morning. Multiple local agencies responded to the structure fire including Kremmling Fire, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire, Grand County EMS and Grand County Road and Bridge.
Sky-Hi News will have additional details of the fire as they become available.
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