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Crews battle massive house fire south of Denver; 2 dogs killed

Crews battle a massive house fire in Colorado on 9/18/20
Crews battle a massive house fire in Colorado on 9/18/20(South Metro Fire)
Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 8:04 PM MDT
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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Two dogs died in a massive house fire south of Denver Friday evening.

Firefighters with South Metro Fire Rescue were called to 9296 Wind Haven Drive in Parker on reports of a structure fire and were met with a fully engulfed home when they arrived on scene.

“Crews immediately began fire attack on the structure. Shortly after firefighters started putting water on the fire, the home began collapsing,” the fire department said in a Facebook post.

Firefighters were forced to focus on defensive tactics after the structure started collapsing, using an aerial master stream from above, blitz fire hose lines on the ground and hand lines next to the structure, South Metro said.

Crews were dealt multiple challenges battling the blaze, including a small grass fire sparked by the larger house fire and low water pressure from hydrants due to the sheer amount of water being used.

“The place where the home is located made it more difficult for the gravity-fed system to provide water to multiple hydrants at the same time. Engineers were able to find other hydrants on streets close by with a larger water supply to support more hose lines,” South Metro said.

The grass fire was quickly extinguished.

The fire was under control before 8 p.m., but firefighters remained at the scene through the night monitoring hotspots in case of any flare-ups.

South Metro says the home is currently being remodeled. The homeowners were not at home when the fire started.

The cause remains under investigation as of Saturday.

Videos of the fire and damage are below.

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