Updated: Firefighters save building near Cedar Mountain northwest of Craig Thursday
CRAIG — Firefighters successfully extinguished a structure fire Thursday afternoon on Moffat County Road 200 near Cedar Mountain before it did irreparable damage.
Stacks of firewood surrounding a two-story, two-car garage caught on fire sometime before 1 p.m. Thursday. Smoke was visible in Craig.
The fire damaged the exterior siding and eaves on two or three sides of the garage, according to Craig Fire/Rescue Chief KC Hume. The structure remained intact, however.
The cause of the fire is unknown and is still under investigation.
Firewood and logs were stacked on three sides of the garage. Animals, including chickens and pigs, were housed nearby in another building. No one was injured in the fire.
The residence was vacant and soon to be rented out, Hume said.
Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Fire/Rescue, Memorial Regional Health Emergency Medical Service and Yampa Valley Electric were among the agencies to respond to the fire.
Crews were called back out to the fire again Friday morning around 11:30 a.m. due to about possible hot spots. Firefighters made quick work of securing the area and extinguishing hot spots burning in a nearby compost pile.
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