Conifer home lost in Valentine’s Day blaze

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By Sal Christ

A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a Conifer home despite efforts from several area fire departments. 

According to Michael Davis, spokesman for Elk Creek Fire, the department received a report of a possible structure fire at 13533 South Wamblee Valley Road about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found the flames had engulfed the home and were spreading into nearby trees. 

Fifteen firefighters from the Elk Creek and Platte Canyon departments spent four hours working to extinguish the fire, including digging a fire line and cutting down burning trees to prevent the flames from spreading farther.

Dan Hatlestad, deputy fire chief with Inter-Canyon, said that “reading material” in the home created an extra challenge for firefighters.

“This was a small cabin on the property, and it did have a significant amount of reading material — magazines and newspaper — and firefighters had to work through that,” said Hatlestad. “They spent a lot of time in overhaul, which involves digging through the debris to make sure the fire doesn’t start again.”

The occupant was at home during the fire and escaped without injury. Davis said the individual was examined by medical professionals and declined further treatment. 

The home was a total loss, and the fire remains under investigation.

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035.