Huge flames leap from Franktown house

FRANKTOWN – Living in a rural area miles from city life is great for solitude, peace and quiet, but it can be disastrous if a fire breaks out.

The nearest fire hydrant is seven miles away, and the nearest fire station is four miles away from a home that was already engulfed in flames when the homeowners reported the fire Monday night, said Deputy Chief Dave Woodrick of the Franktown Fire Protection District.

Around 10:40 p.m. Monday, the family who lived in the home, located on South Highway 83 near Steeplechase Drive, was in their barn when they noticed their home was on fire and called for help.

Woodrick said when firefighters arrived flames had already consumed most of the home and was threatening other structures on the property. He said everyone who lived in the home was out and okay.

9NEWS viewer Jessica Zordel sent in this video where you can see flames shooting out from the home:

Firefighters rescued a house cat and relocated some horses to prevent smoke inhalation, according to the fire department. He said it took firefighters about an hour to contain the fire to the house and the fire wasn't declared out until about 2 a.m. Tuesday

Franktown firefighters called out to neighboring South Metro Fire Protection District and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue for help. The three agencies filled their water trucks at the closest fire hydrant to the home, which was seven miles away from the home. In all about 24 firefighters responded to the fire, Woodrick said.

The house is a total loss. When Sky9 flew over the home, eight hours after the fire was first reported, smoke was still billowing from what was once a beautiful two-story home, valued at nearly $500,00, according to the Douglas County Assessor property records. With no roof and just some of the exterior walls still standing, the house looked like a charred doll house.

Firefighters will remain on scene until all of the hot spots are extinguished and as they investigate where the fire started and what caused it.

A few victim assistance organizations are helping the home owners, Woodrick said.

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