Apartment fire temporarily closes 2 blocks on Main Ave.


Firefighters with the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority used a fan to clear smoke Monday from a fire at an apartment on Main Avenue. The fire closed Main Avenue from Ninth Street to 11th Street from 4 to 5:20 p.m. as firefighters battled the small fire and cleaned up. No one was injured in the fire. Enlarge photo

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Firefighters with the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority used a fan to clear smoke Monday from a fire at an apartment on Main Avenue. The fire closed Main Avenue from Ninth Street to 11th Street from 4 to 5:20 p.m. as firefighters battled the small fire and cleaned up. No one was injured in the fire.

An apartment fire on Main Avenue closed two city blocks Monday afternoon while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

The fire was reported at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Durango Office Suites, 1099 Main Ave.

A space heater was placed on top of a stove, and the stove burner was accidently turned on, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal with the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority.

The fire was extinguished by 4:30 p.m., but Main Avenue remained closed between 9th and 11th streets while firefighters worked to clear smoke from the building.

“Closing Main is so we have room to work and the firefighters don’t have to worry about traffic,” said Dave Imming, a spokesman for the fire authority.

The fire started in a small apartment near the back of the Durango Office Suites under a porch that is part of the Crossroads building.

The Crossroads building was evacuated as a precaution.

The fire was contained to the stove, but smoke spread through several adjacent buildings, including the Crossroads building, Hanks said.

Main Avenue began to reopen to traffic about 5:20 p.m.

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Nat Baer, a firefighter with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority prepares to load hoses onto Engine No. 3 in the middle of Main Avenue on the scene of a Monday afternoon apartment fire that forced the evacuation of the Durango Office Suites and the Crossroads building between Ninth and 11th streets. Enlarge photo

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Nat Baer, a firefighter with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority prepares to load hoses onto Engine No. 3 in the middle of Main Avenue on the scene of a Monday afternoon apartment fire that forced the evacuation of the Durango Office Suites and the Crossroads building between Ninth and 11th streets.

Ray Godfrey, a firefighter with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority drinks water Monday afternoon during the cleanup stages of an apartment fire on Main Avenue that forced the evacuation of the Durango Office Suites and Crossroads building. Enlarge photo

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Ray Godfrey, a firefighter with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority drinks water Monday afternoon during the cleanup stages of an apartment fire on Main Avenue that forced the evacuation of the Durango Office Suites and Crossroads building.

Firefighters with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority peer through a doorway to the Crossroads building before entering with extension cords to power fans in their effort to clear smoke from the Durango Office Suites and Crossroads building after a Monday afternoon apartment fire that closed Main Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

Firefighters with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority peer through a doorway to the Crossroads building before entering with extension cords to power fans in their effort to clear smoke from the Durango Office Suites and Crossroads building after a Monday afternoon apartment fire that closed Main Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets.

Pedestrians watch firefighters as they clear smoke from the Durango Office Suites and Crossroads building after an apartment fire on Monday afternoon. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

Pedestrians watch firefighters as they clear smoke from the Durango Office Suites and Crossroads building after an apartment fire on Monday afternoon.

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