Crews Contain Structure Fire Before Flames Hit Chemicals
KREX News Room
DE BEQUE, Colo.- A structure fire broke out near De Beque on Friday night, but authorities acted quickly to get it contained before the flames could spread to nearby chemicals.
It happened around 6 p.m.; the fire started at an abandoned structure on the frontage road off Interstate 70 near mile marker 61.
When De Beque and Plateau Valley fire crews responded, they found the roof of the home engulfed in flames, as well as part of a nearby semi-truck.
Fire crews were able to eradicate the blaze before it spread even further to other trucks containing chemicals.
"In about 10 minutes, that fire could have spread all the way through that trailer. We were able to get it knocked down and contained into the ceiling. On the east side of the building, the winds helped protect the line of trucks on the back side of this trailer. [Those trucks] have a lot of chemicals on them and are about 75 feet away from the trailer," explained EMS chief for De Beque Fire, Mike Harvey.
A few homes were also left without power as officials contained the area, but the power has since been restored.
No one was hurt in the fire, and the cause is still under investigation.