TORRINGTON – The Torrington Volunteer Fire Department battled a house fire Saturday evening near US Highway 26/85 and, according to Chief Lance Petsch, may have prevented the fire from being a total loss.
“About 6 p.m. we were paged out for a structure fire on US Highway 26/85,” Petsch said. “When the fire units arrived on scene, there was smoke showing from the kitchen area. Crews entered the structure and extinguished what we could find, then we did some extensive overhaul to make sure there was no extension anywhere.
“I think there is significant damage, but I don’t know if it will be considered a total loss. There’s significant damage to the kitchen area and a lot of smoke damage to the rest of the rooms.”
There was no one in the structure at the time of the call, and firefighting operations were completed safely. Accord to the TVFD Facebook page, 15 firefighters and four apparatus responded to the scene.
“Everybody got out safely and the firefighters conducted everything safely, so it went really well,” Petsch said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“We think it was something kitchen-related, but we’re not 100 percent sure at this time,” he said.
The Goshen County Fire Warden, Goshen County Sheriff’s Office and Goshen County Emergency Management responded to the call.