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House fire displaces residents in Laramie, cause under investigation

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Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 11:46 PM CDT
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Release) - On Wednesday June 15, 2022 at 13:09  the Laramie Fire Department and Laramie Police Department were dispatched to 1598 Riverside Drive for the report of a possible structure fire. The first arriving Fire unit was Engine 3 from Fire Station #3 at 13:14. The fire was located in the living space of a single story home. Moderate smoke was issuing from a skylight in the center of the structure. Fire crews attacked the fire and were able to knock it down by 13:27. The home was searched and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The first report of the fire was by a neighbor. A large amount of debris inside the home slowed overhaul efforts to search for and extinguish hidden hot spots. The home was heavily damaged by the fire and the local Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants. No human injuries were reported by fire crews, occupants or bystanders. One cat was removed from the structure and did not survive. Burn-out checks from Local 946 Firefighter’s Union were issued to the occupants to assist with basic needs.

The fire originated in the kitchen area and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but appears to be accidental.

Rocky Mountain Power and Rocky Mountain Power responded to the scene to help control utilities. The Laramie Police Department patrol officers gave and excellent size-up of conditions of the fire. They then provided scene security and assisted the owners of the home (by LPD Chaplain) and controlled access to the scene as the residence was adjacent to a major residential intersection. LPD Animal Control responded to the scene to assist the family with their pet.

All crews were clear by 15:33 and control of the home was returned to the owners at that time.

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