Fires burn house, barns

Two blazes within half-mile of each other occur in five hours south of Durango


Firefighters battle a barn fire on County Road 302 south of Durango on Friday afternoon. Enlarge photo

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Firefighters battle a barn fire on County Road 302 south of Durango on Friday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a house fire and two barn fires Friday south of Durango on the Florida Mesa.

The house fire was reported about 8 a.m. at 2495 County Road 302, near the intersection with County Road 301, south of Pastorius Reservoir, said Chief Dan Noonan, with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority. One resident was hospitalized and part of the house was damaged.

Two barns caught fire about five hours later about a half-mile west of the house fire, said Fire Marshal Karola Hanks.

The cause and origin of both fires remained under investigation Friday afternoon. Firefighters had no reason to suspect foul play, Hanks said.

I cant totally rule it out, Hanks said. I think its one of those bizarre, coincidence things.

A home occupant and a firefighter received minor injuries during the house fire.

The resident was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where he was expected to be treated and released by Friday evening. The firefighter was hit in the chest by an oxygen tank that took flight during an explosion, Noonan said. He was treated on the scene.

The house fire started on the outside near the front of the home, Noonan said. Damage was contained to the front of the house and part of the inside.

A passer-by saw smoke and woke up the occupants.

The front of the house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Noonan said. They were able to save most of the house and the possessions inside.

Firefighters set up a tanker shuttle to deliver water to the subdivision, which has no hydrants.

The Red Cross was assisting the occupants.

The barn fires put up a large plume of black smoke that was visible from Walmart in Durango.

One barn housed sheep and pigs, which were killed in the fire. The second barn housed chickens and a 4-H steer, which were saved, Hanks said. Both barns were destroyed.

A nearby home also was saved, Hanks said.

No one was injured in the barn fires.

BP shut down a nearby gas well as a precautionary measure, she said.

shane@durangoherald.com

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