First responders battle large house fire
February 9, 2023
At approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, February 4, Green River Fire Department was dispatched along with Green River Police Department and Castle Rock Ambulance to a report of a large structure fire with people involved.
Upon arrival, GRFD Co-chief Bill Robinson reported heavy smoke and visible flames. Alongside this report, it was witnessed that the home next door and a fifth wheel were also involved.
It was also reported that all occupants were able to crawl out of the home.
After a hefty battle, GRFD was able to stop the blaze from spreading into the neighbor's home. While crews battled the blaze, Castle Rock Ambulance and GRPD were helping two patients for smoke inhalation and minor burns. One of the individuals was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, where they were treated and released later that day.
The GRFD responded with three engines and 20 fire fighters to battle the fire.
Co-chief Robinson reported, "Although the home is a loss, quick actions taken by all first responders made it possible to make sure nobody was seriously injured. As well, fire fighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading to the basement saving some valuables and keepsakes for the family. During investigation, it was found that the fire started in the garage where a vehicle was being worked on and a heater was to blame for ignition. While this fire spread quick and hot, we are all thankful nobody was seriously injured and only one home was lost. Green River Fire Department would like to thank the help and the quick actions of GRPD, Castle Rock Ambulance, Sweetwater Combined Communications, and the Sweetwater Memorial Hospital for all they do to help out in these types of situations."