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October 17, 2020

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House a Total Loss From Fire East of Boulder

House a Total Loss From Fire East of Boulder

Boulder County, Colo. - On October 17, 2020 at approximately 5:45 PM, Boulder County Communications received a call of a plume of smoke coming from a house and the surrounding field in the 3000 block of Melissa Lane in Boulder County. Deputies arrived and located the house to be fully engulfed in flames. The residents and homeowner of the house were contacted and were all deemed to be safe. A dog was also removed from the home prior to emergency personnel arrival. There were no other occupants of the home, however there were three cats left at the residence. The status of the cats remains unknown.

Fire personnel from The Boulder Rural Fire Department, Mountain View Fire Department, and Lafayette Fire Department all responded to combat the fire. Boulder Emergency Services responded to assist with the scene. The fire was extinguished, however the house was deemed a total loss. According to the Boulder County Assessor's website, the house was valued at approximately $315,000.

The Multi-Agency Fire Investigations Team (MAFIT) responded and investigated the cause of the fire. Their findings deemed that the fire likely started on the back side of the home, possibly by a cigarette butt that had not been properly disposed of.

/s/Sgt. McKim