No one injured in contained blaze at Bellyache residence
WOLCOTT — A family of four was evacuated without injury Tuesday after a fire in their chimney filled the Bellyache area home with smoke.
The Eagle River Fire Protection District was dispatched at 9:40 p.m. Upon arrival they discovered a working fire in the chimney of a wood burning fireplace insert, with flames extending inside the chimney chase and up toward the roof. Crews were able to quickly contain the flames, and by midnight the fire was completely out. Crews spent another hour conducting overhaul operations to confirm that there was no extension of the fire into the roof area or under the deck. The damage was contained to the chimney area. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Engine 12 (Edwards), Tower 15 (Cordillera), Engine 7 (Avon), Battalion 7 (Avon) and Engine 5 (Minturn) were first on scene and began an offensive attack from both the roof and from the outside of the chimney box. A second alarm was called and Engine 11 (Beaver Creek), Engine 14 (Gypsum), Engine 9 (Greater Eagle Fire Protection District), Engine 3 and Battalion 3 (Vail Fire & Emergency Services) responded; the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Vail Public Safety Communications Center and Holy Cross Energy also assisted.
“The early call to 911 gave firefighters the opportunity to save this structure,” said district spokeswoman Tracy LeClair. “This family did exactly the right thing. They got the kids out of the house and they called 911. They were out even before the smoke alarms went off.”