For Immediate Release – Carbondale Fire Responds to Structure Fire at the Distinguished Boards & Beams
Jenny Cutright, Public Information Officer
September 29, 2015
Carbondale, Colo. – At 12:17 p.m. on September 29, 2015, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to Distinguished Boards & Beams at 698 Merrill Avenue, Carbondale, for a report of a structure fire.
Upon arrival, the firefighters found smoke coming from the hopper of the dust collection system and two dumpsters. Sawdust in the hopper and dumpsters were on fire. Firefighters on scene used Carbondale Fire’s aerial ladder truck to access the elevated dust collection system and spray water to extinguish fire. The fire was extinguished about an hour after arrival.
The fire was contained to the dust collection system and dumpsters. The dumpsters will be emptied and the contents spread out and overhauled to ensure full extinguishment.
Carbondale Fire Deputy Chief Rob Goodwin said, “This had the potential of becoming a very dangerous fire, with the possibility of a dust explosion. The majority of the fire was contained to the main dust collector and the safety features appear to have worked and prevented further fire spread.”
The fire is being investigated by Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, but it is not believed to be suspicious. No loss amount has been determined at this time. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.
Carbondale Police Department, Basalt Fire Department and Waste Management also responded to this incident.