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2 employees injured in Elkins Distillery explosion and fire in Estes Park

The fire on Saturday morning was extinguished and the cause is under investigation, authorities said.

ESTES PARK, Colo. — Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD) responded to a call Saturday morning of an explosion and fire at the Elkins Distillery. 

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Crews arrived on the scene about 9 a.m., EVFPD said. Two employees of the distillery were taken to a hospital in Greeley, one by air and one by ground ambulance, according to the fire department. Authorities said they did know the conditions of the employees.

A spokesperson for EVFPD described it as a "substantial" explosion, blowing a garage door 25 feet away. 

The fire was extinguished quickly but still did a lot of damage to the rear of the building located at 1825 N. Lake Ave., EVFPD said.

Credit: Joel Poquette

Fire crews cleared from the scene on Saturday afternoon, and the investigation was turned over to the fire marshal, EVFPD said on Facebook. The cause was still unknown as of Saturday evening, according to the spokesperson.

Credit: Joel Poquette

The Elkins Distillery, which is located near Lake Estes, opened in July 2016 and produces whisky with Colorado-grown grain, according to its website. There's also a tasting room at that location.

Credit: KUSA

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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