Fire spares Craig home

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A fire started under suspicious circumstances came within 10 feet of the home of Craig resident Dean Visintainer at the corner of Sixth Street and Finley Lane Thursday afternoon.

According to Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Roy Mason, officers are confident the fire was started in a grass field behind Visintainer's home by children playing with matches. Mason said nothing can be proved, so the investigation has stopped.

"Kids were pointing fingers at other kids, but no one would confess," Mason said.

Fire engines, including a special structure engine, were called out at 4:16 p.m. Thursday. The fire started in the brush and burned quickly, threatening the house within minutes.

"It was pretty dry stuff," Mason said. "It went up fast. Our number one priority was to protect the structure."

Fire burned and destroyed a 6-foot wooden fence surrounding the house, a portion of the yard and parts of the trees in the yard.

The house is a brick house with a metal roof one thing working in favor of the firefighters, Mason said. His biggest fear was bushes surrounding the house would burn, igniting the eves of the house and possibly leading to a fire in the attic, but firefighters were able to contain the flames quickly, Mason said.

Dry conditions have made Northwest Colorado a fire hazard, Mason said.

"Everything is dry and it burns so fast," he said. "Until we get some moisture, we'll be watching. We're lucky we haven't had any fires in the county."

Mason asked all residents and hunters to be safe when using fire because of the dry conditions and hazards.

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