Cause of Silt fire is under investigation

Investigators continued to look Wednesday for the cause of a fire that destroyed a home where two women lived in Silt.

The Monday night fire burned a 1970-model mobile home and part of a detached garage, said Brit McLin, chief of the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District.

A mother and daughter, both reportedly elderly, lived in the home.

“The good news is nobody got hurt,” McLin said.

He said fire crews were able to respond within two minutes because they were participating in a drill when the fire broke out. But he said the fire proved difficult to put out, possibly in part because of medical oxygen bottles that were inside.

About 20 to 25 firefighters responded, including crews from Glenwood Springs and Rifle, McLin said.

He said investigators appeared to have determined the fire started on the outside of a trailer wall or within the wall cavity. But whether it resulted from electrical problems, a heating stove in the home or another cause wasn’t yet known Wednesday, he said.

McLin said he believes the two women have other family members in town.

The Silt Town Hall, phone number 876-2353, is serving as a coordinating point for people wanting to make donations to the fire victims.


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