No injuries reported as fire rips through attic

Fire District No. 3 firefighters work to extinguish a structure fire Saturday morning on Foley Lane and Blackwell Road outside of Gold Hill. Mail Tribune / Julia MooreJulia Moore

Firefighters responded Saturday morning to an attic fire in the 6000 block of Foley Lane near Blackwell Road outside of Gold Hill, knocking the fire down in about 30 minutes.

A single-wide mobile home that had a structure built onto it caught fire at about 10:30 a.m. At least four people were home when the fire started, but no injuries were reported.

Fire District No. 3 responded with three engines and two water tenders, arriving at the address near Gold Hill at about 10:42 a.m.

According to Battalion Chief Arlen Blenkush, firefighters had the fire knocked down by 11:10 a.m. The fire had been caused by a woodstove flue being too close to combustible ceiling materials, said Blenkush.

"Over years of using the woodstove, the wood actually chars," said Blenkush. "Basically, the continuous heating of the wood causes it to break down, and eventually it catches on fire."

The 2,600-square-foot dwelling had a large addition, which provided a challenge for firefighters, Blenkush said, because of multiple roofs and void spaces.

The fire was estimated to have caused about $2,000 in damage, said Blenkush.

"The fire was confined to the ceiling area around the woodstove," said Blenkush. "We had to cut a hole in the roof to gain access to the top and the bottom to make sure we had access to all sides of the fire."



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