JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A structure fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. Friday in an unincorporated part of Jefferson County.
South Metro Fire Rescue Authority PIO Eric Hurst said the fire station is down the street and firefighters there encountered thick smoke as they left to respond to the scene at 6400 W. Coal Mine Avenue. That address matches the Shiloh House, which, according to its website, "offers nurturing, therapeutic and educational services to empower youth and families to overcome the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma."
Firefighters searched the building, which was unoccupied. The fire was declared under control in 30 minutes, Hurst said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters continue to extinguish fire and search the interior of this 2 story building. Heavy smoke conditions still present throughout the structure. We still have no injuries reported and the cause is unknown, investigators responding. Updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/W8mpvwAfU6
— Littleton Fire (@Littleton_Fire) November 23, 2018
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tweeted around 12:50 p.m., saying that W. Coal Mine Avenue had reopened. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire "due to its suspicious nature," according to the sheriff's office.
Anybody who has information on this fire is encouraged to call the sheriff's office tip line at 303-271-5612.