For Immediate Release
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Division Chief/Fire Marshal Dale Lyman, 970-350-9511;
Subject: Fire Involving Two Greeley Homes Controlled
At 11:33 a.m., the Greeley Fire Department was called to a structure fire near the intersection of 16th Avenue and 8th Street in Greely. While enroute, responding fire crews reported heavy smoke showing form the area.
Upon their arrival, crews found two houses (1531 8th St and 1527 8th St) on fire. Because two houses were burning, arriving crews were faced with the challenge of simultaneously searching both while initiating an attack on the rapidly progressing fire. Since there were multiple responding units(which is standard procedure for a structure fire for the Greeley Fire Department), working fire crews were able to quickly determine both houses were unoccupied while at the same time begin to gain control of the fire.
While the majority of the fire was promptly knocked down, fire crews were challenged by hot ambient temperatures and fire in concealed spaces of an older home. Ultimately it took firefighters about 1 ½ hours to fully extinguish all hidden fire in one of the structure’s walls and concealed space.
A joint investigation by the Greeley Fire and Greeley Police Departments has determined that the fire was caused by juveniles playing with a lighter in a shed near one of the houses. Damage is estimated at $75,000 which is the combined total for both homes. There were no injuries reported.