Friday blaze destroys home

Firefighters still investigating cause of fire that killed family's dog

A quick-moving fire Friday afternoon gutted a family's modular home north of Craig.

Craig Fire and Rescue crews were called to the scene shortly before 1 p.m. and arrived about 12 to 15 minutes later.

"It was fully involved," said Bill Johnston, a Craig firefighter among the first to combat the blaze.

The modular structure, sitting on a hill at 1536 Moffat County Road 22 about seven miles north of the city and two miles west of state Highway 13, was not occupied at the time of the fire, which launched wind-swirled smoke plumes that were seen several miles away.

Suzan Hucke, who lives just west of the destroyed home, watched the fire from her truck one-quarter mile east of the scene.

"Flames were shooting about 30 to 40 feet in the air," said Hucke, who was returning from a shopping trip in Craig. "I thought it was my place. I don't know them but I'd sure like to help out."

One firefighter suffered chest injuries in a fall while fighting the blaze and was treated at the scene where heat also set off firearms ammunition stored at the house.

Don Eriksen, who called in the fire on his cellular telephone, owned the home where he lived with his wife, a son and a daughter. A family dog inside the home was killed.

"He had left to go to town and came back and found it burning," said Roy Mason, Craig fire chief.

The blaze appeared to have started toward the rear, east-facing side of the home and worked west consuming its front end and a porch area.

A cause had not been determined Friday.

Fire officials valued the modular home itself between $80,000 and $90,000.

Paul Shockley can

be reached at 824-7031 or

at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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