Fort Collins, CO –Poudre Fire Authority responded to a reported building fire the afternoon of Tues., Aug. 10.
The first engine arrived to find a large amount of fire and smoke from a 75' x 200' one-story shop and storage building. A second alarm was requested due to the fast moving fire in such a large structure.
Firefighters worked to assure there was nobody in the building, and then attempted to contain the fire. The fire continued out of control and spread rapidly within the building when a third alarm was sounded. The main concern then was to keep the fire from spreading to the numerous nearby structures.
Firefighters were successful with keeping the fire to the original fire building. The roof and some wall portions collapsed during the fire.
Late into this incident an Emergency Notification was sent out due to concerns of potentially dangerous smoke that started to blanket the surrounding neighborhoods. The notification informed citizens of the situation and to stay out of the smoke. PFA Hazardous Materials Team responded along with the county and state health departments to determine whether any additional actions were necessary to protect citizens.
After testing was performed using remote and hand-held monitors, it was determined that the earlier smoke had dissipated enough to not pose a hazard. Authorities were preparing for an evacuation if one had been warranted.
Hours after the fire started, units on scene received and responded to a report of a local resident who was complaining of breathing difficulties, possibly due to the earlier smoke condition. There is no additional information available regarding this person.
Firefighters remained on scene throughout the night extinguishing hotspots.
Assisting agencies were Fort Collins Police Services, Fort Collins Utilities, Larimer County Sheriff’s Dept., Larimer County Health Dept., Colorado State Health Dept., and Poudre Valley Hospital EMS.