Fire destroys home on Lodgepole Drive

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Blaze comes amid rash of chimney fires with onset of cold weather

By Stephanie DeCamp

Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded to three house fires in a recent 24-hour period, with one home destroyed by the flames.

Flames were reported at a home in the 1200 block of Lodgepole Drive just after midnight Dec. 6, and firefighters responded in 33 minutes to find the structure fully involved, Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said.

"It was really smoky, kind of crazy," said neighbor Dakota Farrello, who added that he saw flames shooting 30 feet into the air. Farrello also said he heard four explosions, and Weege said there were propane tanks on the property.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Upon arrival, firefighters determined the house couldn't be saved, Weege said, so they took steps to prevent the flames from spreading. They left the scene about 4:47 a.m.

The fires in the other two homes that night started in their chimneys, according to Evergreen Fire/Rescue, and they were contained quickly.

Weege pointed out that residents should have chimneys cleaned as the winter season comes on. 

"Because people's wood stoves and boilers are going nonstop — especially with wood or pellet stoves — we end up getting a lot of chimney fires," Weege said, adding that it was between 15 and 20 below zero the night of Dec. 6.

The Dec. 6 blazes come on the heels of three chimney fires in November, EFR spokesman Doug Saba said. Saba reiterated that early winter is the prime season for chimney fires, and that residents should have chimneys inspected before building fires in fireplaces and stoves.