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Fire destroys home east of Cortez; two pets die

A home on Road 29.1 was destroyed by fire Sunday morning. The family escaped unharmed, but two pets died. (Courtesy Cortez Fire Protection District)
Residents escape unharmed

Emergency crews responded to a house fire Sunday morning on Road 29.1 east of Cortez.

The two residents escaped unharmed, but two dogs died in the blaze, said Battalion Chief Charlie Borden of the Cortez Fire Protection District.

The manufactured home was a total loss, he said, adding that the fire moved very quickly.

Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin said deputies were the first to arrive on the scene.

They evacuated nearby trailers and attempted to enter the burning home to rescue the pets, but the fire and smoke were too intense.

Borden said the cause of the fire is under investigation. No other structure was damaged. The names of the residents were not available.

The Dolores and Mancos fire departments and the Southwest Health System ambulance also responded to the scene.

A victim assistance specialist worked with the family on their needs, Nowlin said.