Colorado Fire Started when Homeowner used Blowtorch to Unfreeze Pipes

A Boulder County residence may be a total loss after fire officials said the homeowners were trying to unfreeze a water pipe and started a fire that engulfed the residence.

The blaze was reported just after noon Sunday in the 5500 block of Valmont Road. Upon arrival, deputies and firefighters found the residence filled with heavy smoke.

Everyone inside the residence was safely evacuated but the unit suffered extensive damage, fire officials said.

Investigators said the fire was caused accidentally when the owners used a small propane torch to try and unfreeze a pipe.

The residence was deemed uninhabitable as a result of the fire.