NewsCovering Colorado


Structures destroyed in Moffat fire, oldest building in town believed to be among them

Structure burning in fire in Moffat
Posted at 5:35 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 09:18:25-04

MOFFAT — A small town in Saguache County was rocked by a massive fire that destroyed several structures.

The Saguache County Sheriff's Office said the fire was first reported around 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the sheriff's office said the fire was contained, but still smoldering.

According to Keith Cerny, publisher of the Alamosa Valley Courier, firefighters ran into some big issues fighting the flames.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze, but a big piece of history may have been lost.

Cerny said he got a call about the fire and he drove from Alamosa to Moffat. When he arrived he said, "There were three structures burning already, two of which were pretty much destroyed, burned to the ground."

In total there were four structures lost. Three of them were homes and another was a business called Crystal Stix.

He said seeing one of the buildings destroyed was emotional for some people.

"Residents mentioned that the third structure that caught fire and was burning...they believed it to be the original building that started the town of Moffat probably over 100 years ago."

Cerny said the Moffat Fire Station, which is right across the street from where the fire happened, is not equipped with fire hydrants or a fill line so crews quickly ran out of water.

Saguache, Baca Fire and several other agencies were called to assist.

"As far as I know it's always been a small community and I don't know what could be more disastrous than a fire that levels almost an entire city block," said Cerny.

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused the fire and watching the hot spots.

News 5 will keep you updated.