ELIZABETH, Colo. - A rural home outside Elizabeth was gutted by fire Wednesday afternoon.
First reported at 2:30 p.m., Elizabeth Fire Protection District spokeswoman Kara Gerczynski says the home on Breezy Acres Circle was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
Two neighbors saw the flames and tried to help the firefighters.
"It looked like the basement was engulfed, the first floor was engulfed," said neighbor Jim Whistler. "The windows were popping at that point, the heat was too intense I couldn’t come within three feet of the place."
The fire started after the family of five left the home located about a mile north of Elizabeth that morning,
"Grass is so dry out here, this place is just a tinderbox," Whistler said. "Sure enough, an ember got away, ended up in part of the backyard. That’s when Zach and I ran to the barn, grabbed shovels and rakes and helped the fire guys put this out."
Twenty-five firefighters from a total of five agencies eventually arrived to the scene, Gerczynski said. They had to shuttle in the water they used.
AIRTRACKER7 arrived overhead around 4:15 p.m. and found the flames had mostly leveled the home. The flames spread to a small area of brush, but the perimeter fire was contained.
No one was injured in the fire. IMAGES OF FIRE: http://ch7ne.ws/NvxBPP
Smoke from a controlled burn could also be seen near C-470 and Chatfield.