Updated: Tabernash fire on Friday morning, more photos
East Grand Fire and Grand Fire responded automatic aid to a structure fire in the Winter Park Highlands subdivision in Tabernash at approximately 2:30 a.m., Friday, October 28. The fire departments responded with four engines, five tenders and three command vehicles. The home is located in the EGFPD.
Over 25 firefighters from both districts doused the fire with approximately 22,000 gallons of water using a tender shuttle from a hydrant located on County Road 5221. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office and Fraser/Winter Park Police provided support and Grand County EMS provided rehydration and medical evaluation for the crews, according to the press release from Schelly Olson, Assistant Chief for Grand Fire.
Patsy Distel, a fulltime resident and neighbor said a neighorhood dog started barking around 2:30 a.m. and she heard dragging noises like a bear was getting into trash, she said in a phone interview on Friday.
Then she heard the explosion and went outside to see flames and police next door.
“The police came to my house and told us to pack a bag and get the car out of driveway,” she said.
“The police were on the fire pretty quick. It took about 20 minutes for fire engines to get here and 10 minutes for water to show up.”
Distel was impressed how good the fire officials were.
“They dug a trench between my house and the house on fire, and filled it with water to make a break. It was amazing the response.”
She said the visible flames were out by 3:30 a.m.
Mountain Parks Electric safely controlled power to the structure, stated Olson.
The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation. A fire investigator from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation will be arriving from Denver this morning to assist local agencies.
The homeowners were not home at the time; this is their second home.
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