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House on Karlann a total loss after fire  

KarlannFire_01Cause is undetermined

By Patty Unruh

A fire that started in the attic of a home at 1507 Karlann Drive in the Colorado Sierra Subdivision on Friday, February 6, caused the collapse of half of the roof, rendering the home “a total loss,” according to information from the Gilpin County Sheriff.

The cause was undetermined, but there was nothing suspicious about the fire, advised Cherokee Blake, Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. She said there were no people or pets in the home.

The fire was reported by a man who was out walking his dog and saw smoke coming from the roof.

Sheriff’s personnel were first on the scene. Timberline Fire Protection District (TFPD), Central City, Black Hawk, Nederland, and Golden Gate fire departments also responded, as well as Gilpin Ambulance.

TFPD Chief Chris Schimanskey said it was a difficult blaze to fight. “It was bad, due to the modular form of the structure and the fact that it was hard to get at.”

An offensive attack was first mounted on the inside of the home, but due to the weakened roof, responders had to get out of the house.

The flames had begun in the attic, which allowed the firefighters only a few minutes to save some of the home’s contents by removing them from the residence. Salvage tarps were also thrown over portions of the owner’s possessions.

“Firefighters also formed a line on top of the garage and sprayed down on the roof, and that put it out,” Schimanskey stated.

He said some 10,000 gallons of water had been sprayed on the structure, so there was some water damage, but the furnishings were in good shape due to the quick action of the firefighters.

He expressed pride in the quick and skilled response of the many firefighters who were able to respond and was also grateful that the workers never ran out of water.

A small fire rekindled Saturday morning, but was quickly extinguished.

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