Pre-dawn fire engulfs Eagle Ranch home as eight engines from around Vail Valley rally to fight blaze |

Pre-dawn fire engulfs Eagle Ranch home as eight engines from around Vail Valley rally to fight blaze

A pre-dawn fire damaged an Eagle Ranch home early Tuesday. The fire started in the back of the house. The call came in at 1:29 a.m. Tuesday, and crews were on the scene three minutes later.
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EAGLE — Crews from up and down the Vail Valley rallied to a house fire in Eagle Ranch in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The call came at 1:29 a.m. Tuesday, and the first Greater Eagle fire district crew was on the scene 3 minutes later, said Greater Eagle Fire Chief Doug Cupp. They were quickly joined by crews from Gypsum, Eagle River and Vail.

That Greater Eagle crew first on the scene, in the 100 block of Ewing Street, reported the back of the house was engulfed in flames. Crews quickly had the fire under control, but it had spread to the attic of the two-story home, Cupp said.

The house was vacant at the time, although one police officer was transported to the hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation, after he swept through the home to make sure no one was in it.

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Firefighters evacuated the two houses next door, Cupp said.

Crews soon extinguished the fire.

The firefighting contingent included eight engines and crews: three engines from Eagle River Fire Protection District, two from Greater Eagle, two from Gypsum and one from Vail. Three chief officers were also on the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Cupp said.

Cupp sent thanks to all of the responding agencies, including Eagle Police, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Vail Public Safety Communications Center, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Vail Fire & Emergency Services, town of Eagle, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado State Patrol.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and

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