Historic Palisade building burns

Palisade Fire Department firefighters work extinguish a blaze at a building at the intersection of Iowa Avenue and West Fourth Street. The building, featured on the town’s Historic Walking Tour, had been vacant for years and nobody was injured in the blaze..

No one was injured when a historic, vacant building caught fire Thursday in Palisade.

The wooden building at 392 W. Fourth St. was a total loss, The adjacent brick structure at the same address appeared to have roof damage, said Palisade Fire Department Chief Richard Rupp.

The cause of the fire is being investigated but Rupp noted the building, which has been vacant for years, had no utilities on to spark the blaze.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she called in the fire at about 5:20 p.m. when she saw smoke coming from the structure.

The Fire Department was delayed in aggressively fighting the fire until Xcel Energy arrived to shut power off to lines above the building, Rupp said.

The structure sits at the intersection of Iowa Avenue and West Fourth Street and is part of the town’s Historic Walking Tour, a neighbor said.

It housed a variety of small businesses through the years, including a service station and a small convenience store, Rupp said.


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