Fire destroys New Castle home |

Fire destroys New Castle home

Garfield County Sheriff's OfficeFire crews assess the charred remains of a home in New Castle.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Fire destroyed a house north of New Castle Thursday afternoon and also threatened nearby public lands.

The house was located at 982 County Road 245.

Fire crews battled 15-foot flames, which completely engulfed both the two-story house and a detached garage, for about an hour. The fire also spread and burned about an acre of land around the residence, but crews were able to contain the blaze before it got out of control.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said no one was injured in the fire.

Burning Mountains Fire Protection District and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies were the first to arrive on the scene, shortly after 3 p.m. Glenwood Springs Fire Department and Rifle Fire Protection District, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management provided mutual aid.

The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit was also called in to assist, due to the fire’s proximity to numerous trees and shrubs on adjacent BLM lands.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office press release, the coordinated efforts of all responding agencies kept the fire from climbing the surrounding terrain, which is lined with numerous homes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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