A three-story house at 10060 Blue Sky Trail was leveled by fire on Feb. 6, but an alert deputy who spotted the flames raced to the scene and saved the lives of three golden retrievers that were trapped in the burning home.
The deputy, who was patrolling on U.S. 285, saw smoke near Shadow Mountain, followed the smoke and reported the fire. Once he arrived, the deputy kicked in the door of the burning home and freed the three canines, according to a news release from the Elk Creek Fire District.
Numerous fire departments responded to the blaze but were unable to save the home. No one was in the house when the fire started about 11:30 a.m., and no injuries were reported.
A reverse-911 call was made to 50 homes within a quarter-mile of the home offering the option to evacuate, but the evacuations were not mandatory. According to sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires, three or four residents voluntarily evacuated. Residents could be seen walking down Blue Sky Trail holding their pets or carrying valuables.
Elk Creek spokeswoman Jody Wagner said the fire did not spread to any surrounding homes or trees. Grass around the home did catch fire, but that was quickly contained.
Departments on the scene included Elk Creek, North Fork, Evergreen and Inter-Canyon. The Platte Canyon Wildland Fire Team was also on hand.
As of 1:30 p.m., the blaze was reported controlled. Crews stayed through the night to monitor hot spots.
The names of the home’s owners had not been released, and there was no word on the cause of the fire.
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