Historical Trinidad Chronicle-News Building Burns In Overnight Fire

By: James Egbert Email
By: James Egbert Email

The Trinidad fire Department responded with a full call out late Friday night with a report of a structure fire at 200 West Church Street which houses the Trinidad Chronicle-News.

At 11:45 pm Friday night calls came in to the Trinidad Fire department which responded with a full crew call out involving three engines and a ladder truck. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire in about 30 minutes.

Captain Tim Howard reported that the fire began in an electrical junction behind a desk on the first floor before igniting stacks of newspapers. Howard said, "Due to the materials burning a small fire created a tremendous amount of heat causing major damage in the building." The fire spread throughout the first floor damaging the entire office space and several computer servers.

Crews remained on scene for three additional hours for overhaul, salvage and investigation. A senior reporter for the Trinidad Chronicle says that the fire will not stop the paper from publishing on time. The Chronicle is a Monday through Friday newspaper, so the staff says an edition will be on doorsteps on Monday. They plan to work out of the community college in Trinidad to write the paper, which is then emailed to the Gazette offices in Colorado Springs, where the paper is printed.

The Chronicle-News was founded in 1877 and still operates in the historic building on the corner of West Church Street and Convent Street in downtown Trinidad.

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  • by Janet Location: Hoehne on Apr 17, 2010 at 07:14 PM
    What a shame. The inside and big glass windows were re-modeled not long ago, and it looked really attractive, authentically old and up-to-date too. The building is in the oldest part, the Corazon, and is a stop on a self-guided walking tour of Trinidad.
  • by Renee Location: Pueblo on Apr 17, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Jason I dont know if this helps you but they do have a phone number listed on their site under station info. Im not sure whether you can report stories there or not but they do have a phone number and i'm sure that whoever answers could tell you how to report a story. But I am pretty sure that they get a bunch of kooks "reporting" stories that just arent true. Easier to weed through them with e-mail than phone calls I guess.
  • by Jason Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 17, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    I find it interesting that I TRIED to give you this news tip last night AS SOON as it happened. But, YOU don't have a phone number posted on your web site. I saw KRDO News had this story immediately!! I am very disappointed with KKTV and how they don't even want to talk to their viewers, You'd rather have us TYPE in a news tip not call you. I will watch KRDO from now on. They HAVE a phone number, and are willing to TALK to their viewers who have a news tip!!
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