Last Wednesday, residents got worried when the Teller County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for residents three miles north of Cripple Creek to shelter in place due to a structure fire that broke out near the 2900 block of County Road 1. The alert was issued around 6:30 p.m. and a photo posted by the sheriff’s office showed flames and smoke reaching up to the sky.
The authorities ended up announcing at around 7 p.m. that Teller 1 was closed in both directions from the Cripple Creek city limits north to Agnes Dr. The road remained closed until the blaze was put out so that fire crews and first responders had access to the affected property.
At around 10 p.m. that night, the sheriff’s office made an announcement that the shelter in place order had been lifted and the road was open in both directions. “Everybody got out safe, but there were some animals lost in the fire,” Teller County Sheriff Lieutenant Wes Walter said. “It was not suspicious. The exact cause has not been determined, but it was not suspicious. I think it is going to be a fireplace, but we have not determined that yet.”
Nobody was hurt during the fire and crews were able to extinguish the flames before they spread to any other property. However, the house in the Cripple Creek Mountain Estates subdivision was not saved and the blaze caused a complete loss of the home.