Fire destoys West Glenwood home |

Fire destoys West Glenwood home

John GardnerGlenwood Springs CorrespondentVail, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler/Post IndependentFirefighters make their way through the smoke while working to put out a blaze at a mobile home in West Glenwood on Wednesday afternoon. The home was a total loss.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Pablo Fuentes stood calmly and held his girlfriend in his arms as he watched, through the charred remains of the exterior walls, as firefighters put out the fire that consumed his house Wednesday.No one was hurt, but three pets were killed in the blaze.The 22-year-old Glenwood Springs High School graduate had lived in the mobile home on Highway 6&24 for nine years. Fuentes remained calm as firefighters worked.Its tough, he said. But you cant do anything about it. Accidents happen.Glenwood firefighters were dispatched to the fire at the mobile home park in West Glenwood Springs, behind the Charcoal Burger Drive-In, at about 1:45 p.m. Fuentes unit was a total loss according to Fire Chief Mike Piper.When we arrived on scene, number five trailer was fully involved and infringing on number four, Piper said. We did have some fire and smoke damage on number four.High winds fanned the flames toward the second unit, but fire crews were able to save unit 4, though it sustaining some fire damage to an exterior wall. On the other side of Fuentes home, unit 6 sustained minor smoke damage.A late 90s model Chevrolet Cavalier belonging to Fuentes cousin was scorched in the blaze, as well, and a tree between units four and five also caught fire briefly.The flames got up in the tree and lit it up like a sparkler, Piper said. That scared everyone for a little while.A dog and two birds that belonged to Fuentes neighbor were in the unit and died in the fire. However, another of her dogs made it out safely.I feel bad for my neighbor, Fuentes said. She lost one of her dogs.Fuentes two younger sisters and his niece were in the home when the blaze started, but got out of the home safely.It sucks, but Im just glad that everyone made it out, Fuentes said.These mobile homes go up fast, Piper said. Theres not much insulating and no dividing walls and are minimally compartmentalized, so the fire goes from one room to the next pretty quickly.Piper said a preliminary investigation will be performed as soon as crews clear the scene and investigators can get onto the site.Fuentes was more concerned with salvaging some of his personal effects.I can see some stuff in my room made it, he said, pointing though the burned window opening. Ill have to see if the chief will help me get some of my stuff out.

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