When the fire department arrived in the early hours of Nov. 6

11th Ave. N house fire still under investigation

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a house fire that destroyed one home in the north part of Golden on Nov. 6.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a house fire that destroyed one home in the north part of Golden in the early hours of Nov. 6.

Fire Chief Dave Balding was out of town at the time of the blaze but was able to offer some insight into Golden Fire and Rescue’s suppression efforts, led by Captain Karina Van Halen.

The department responded just before 1:00 a.m. with its lead engine, ladder truck and 12 crew members.

“When our guys got there, there were flames showing at the rear of the building,” Balding said.

“It was a long night, they were there until seven in the morning.”

The owners of the house were out of town, meaning that no lives were at risk.

In some cases, firefighters will attempt to salvage contents of the building but the house, having recently been sold, was mostly empty.

“They stretched the line around back for exterior suppression and they sent a crew in through the front door to knock down the fire inside as there was substantial fire inside,” Balding said.

“A good part of the remaining hours on scene were doing what we call overhaul…making certain that the fire isn’t embedded in walls and won’t rekindle when we leave.”

The fire had also got into the roof, meaning there was quite a bit of work for the department before they could leave the site.

“Operationally, from our perspective, it went very well. The fire was well dealt with. Unfortunately some of that damage is due to us having to make sure that the fire wasn’t continuing to live within the walls,” Balding said.

Police continue to investigate whether the fire was deliberately set and are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen someone near the house, or who may have seen a car leaving the house at the time of the fire.

“Other witnesses reported hearing and seeing a car leave the area at a high rate of speed just before the blaze occurred,” Cst. Spencer Lainchbury said last week in a statement.

The owners of the house could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.

 

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