Firefighters extinguish house fire

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Smoke reports during Sunday night's storms keep fire department busy

By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen firefighters spent most of Sunday night checking on more than 200 reports from residents about smoke in the area, said Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesperson Stacee Montague.

“We were moving from one end of the district to the other,” she said.

While most of the calls were prompted by smoke drifting to Evergreen from a fire in Eagle County, firefighters did extinguish a house fire on Histead Drive after receiving a call from a neighbor about 2 a.m. Monday, Montague said. Twenty-five Evergreen volunteers and six pieces of equipment arrived at the house and quickly knocked down the fire, said Montague. The residents were not at home.

Firefighters also doused a tree fire on Valley Drive during the evening when thunderstorms rolled through the area. A utility pole was also apparently struck by lightning, causing the transformer to arc, but there was no blaze to extinguish, she said.

The cause of the house fire is under investigation, and has not been determined, said Montague. The tree and house fires occurred several miles from one another, she added.

“We’re glad people called 911,” said Montague.