House fire in Hayden kills 2 cats, displaces homeowner

— A house fire in Hayden on Sunday killed two cats and caused extensive damage to a home on North Poplar Street.

West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman said the woman who owns the home and her dogs made it out of the house safely as it filled with smoke.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 205 N. Poplar St. at about 6 p.m after the homeowner reported hearing a pop and then discovering the fire.

Rickman said the fire started in the furnace room of the home.

“Most of the structural damage was confined to the furnace room,” Rickman said. “However, (the fire) did spread a little bit into the attic and the utility room. There was also heavy smoke damage throughout the house.”

Rickman said firefighters quickly put down the fire.

“We got a good stop on it,” he said. “It was pretty much confined to that one room.”

He estimated the fire caused about $30,000 worth of damage, and he said investigators still are working to determine the cause.

A Red Cross Disaster Action Team was dispatched to the house Sunday night to determine how it can help the homeowner, who has been displaced, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

The release stated the Red Cross typically provides aid to displaced residents in the form of food, blankets, comfort kits, clothing, medication and housing for the night.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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