An early-morning fire forced a Kersey family out of its home and caused a minor injury to one firefighter.
The fire began about 12:50 a.m. Saturday in the wood-burning stove in a home at 26859 Weld County Road 388 in Kersey. The family that lives in the home was asleep when the blaze began, but family members were awakened by a smoke alarm and were able to get everyone out of the house unharmed.
Platte Valley Fire Protection District firefighters responded to the blaze. They battled it for about an hour — along with crews from Galeton, Evans and LaSalle fire departments — before putting it out. Firefighters remained on scene until about 4:40 a.m., conducting mop-up operations and investigating, Platte Valley spokeswoman Stephanie Cooke said.
Seven firetrucks and about 25 firefighters were on scene, along with Banner Health paramedics.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries when a piece of debris fell on him while he was fighting the fire inside the home, Cooke said. She said the firefighter was not burned, and he was evaluated by Banner paramedics at the scene and released.
The home was not a complete loss, Cooke said. However, it was rendered uninhabitable, forcing family members to spend the rest of the night in a motel room. They plan to stay with family until repairs can be made.
Cooke said firefighters are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze, and she did not have an estimate of the cost of the damages.
Original Source: Greeley Tribune