2nd Alarm Commercial Fire
At 04:43 on December 26, 2013 Poudre Fire Authority responded to a commercial fire at 1438 Riverside Ave. in Fort Collins. Engine 1 arrived and found a large volume of fire inside the building along with fire coming from a roll-up door in the rear. Shortly thereafter the fire breached the roof. Firefighters attacked the fire defensively, which means from relatively safer areas on the exterior, due to structural stability concerns. This strategy hampered efforts due to areas of fire that could not be easily reached. Once the fire was brought under control and city building officials inspected the building, firefighters were able to access hotspots for final extinguishment. The business suffered heavy fire, smoke and heat damage throughout. PFA investigators are working to determine origin and cause. No further information is available. Additional information provided by Poudre Fire Authority.