April 11, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Aspen Daily News "Amid arid stretch, firefighters quash another blaze"

A special thank you goes out to all agencies who participated, but especially our firefighters who all too often slip to the sidelines with little praise.  You are in that category of first responders that immediately step right into life and death situations.  Thank you for your service.

Chad Abraham:
"The only casualty was a small dog that leapt off the residence’s porch into the arms of the neighbor who alerted authorities, said Alex Burchetta, a deputy with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

“I think it caught on fire,” he said.

The animal also was hit by a burning piece of plastic and was taken to a pet clinic in Basalt. Other than singed fur, the dog is doing OK, Burchetta said. Neighbors took in the residents’ other dog, which escaped uninjured.

Goodwin said the neighbors should be applauded for grabbing hoses to battle the blazes and then directing fire crews to the scene.

“They really stepped up for their neighbor and fellow man,” he said.

Firefighters were able to salvage the home, but it was still badly damaged.

Burchetta said while possible criminal activity had been ruled out, an exact cause of the fire had yet to be established.

“Everyone did ... really well under some tough conditions,” Goodwin said. “I’m really proud of them.” ..."
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