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Blaze destroys Aspen Springs home

Pagosa Fire Protection District crews began battling a mobile home fire in Aspen Springs just after midnight Aug. 8, but, despite their efforts in the four-hour fight, district officials declared the home a total loss.

The mobile home was located at 279 Deer Trail.

“Oftentimes, people call in and say the structure is totally involved and when we get there we find it’s just one room,” said Pagosa Fire Protection Chief Ron Thompson. “In this case, the total building was fully involved, there wasn’t any question about it. I could see flames from several miles away. We had reports from east and west and it was ripping — front to back, top to bottom.”

Thompson said there was no one home at the time the fire began, which may be one of the reasons crews found the fire in the advanced state they did upon their arrival.

Upon receiving the call, 25 fire and emergency medical personnel rallied to the scene, taking with them four water tenders, three engines, one rescue unit and an ambulance.

Water tenders hauled water from a fire hydrant at Hersch and Scenic Drive in the Meadows subdivision.

As of press time, Thompson said investigators had not determined the cause of the fire.