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Date: June 17, 2022

Information Release –Structure Fire

On June 16, 2022, at approx. 9:47 p.m., a structure fire was reported in the 400 block of Great
West Ave. The notification was received through the 911 system managed by Archuleta County
Combined Dispatch center.
Upon arrival, a volunteer firefighter noted a single-story residential structure with heavy smoke
and fire showing from all sides. Fire had spread to adjacent oak brush surrounded by dry grass
and pin needle cast off. First arriving engine pulled two 1 ¾ cross lay hoses and initiated a
defensive attack. The purpose of the defensive attack was to protect additional exposures and
slow fire growth in the surrounding fuel bed. Once fire spread was contained, firefighters
converted to a transitional fire attack which allowed them to enter the structure and continue
extinguishment. The roof on the attached garage collapsed due to fire damage but the main
residence roof stayed intact allowing for an interior search and fire suppression. Great West
Avenue was closed during fire operations as large diameter fire hose was laid down the
roadway from closest hydrant to supply engines with water.
PFPD responded with two engines, one tender, two wildland brush trucks, one chief vehicle,
one support vehicle, nine paid staff members, and nine volunteers. One PSMC ambulance
staged on scene to provide medical care if necessary. Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office had
Deputies on scene to assist with road closure and investigation.
PFPD was on scene for approx. two and a half hours.
There are no firefighter injuries to report. The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Submitted by: Pagosa Fire Protection District Public Information Division
Approved: Karn Macht, Deputy Fire Chie