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Firefighters knock down blaze

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Sopris Sun Staff Report

Dec. 15 at 6:37 p.m., the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged for a report of a structure fire at 251 Bobcat Lane, (Redstone Ranch Acres subdivision) Redstone, according to a press release.

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Upon firefighters arrival, flames were visible outside the chimney chase. The first fire officer on scene worked with a neighbor and they were able to keep the fire from spreading until the first fire engine arrived.

The fire had extended in to the framing, but firefighters were able to contain the fire to the chimney area.

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The homeowners were not at home when the fire began. A neighbor gained entry and released a dog from the residence.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries. No loss amount has been determined at this time. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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The fire district responded with four fire trucks and 18 personnel. The fire was reported as being under control at 7:40 p.m., although firefighters remained on scene until after 9:30 p.m.

“The Carbondale firefighters did an excellent job of containing this fire to the chimney chase and immediate area,” said fire chief Ron Leach. “The next door neighbor saved this house by his quick response. He kept the fire at bay with his fire extinguishers until the fire department arrived.”

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The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department and the Red Cross also responded to this incident.

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