The Lake George Fire Protection District responded to a structure fire at 6:23 p.m. at 2865 Webber Park Drive., approximately four miles from the village of Tarryall.
The property owner is John Sworowski, according to Park County Assessor, Property Detail. When firefighters arrived, the fire had fully engulfed the structure with some spreading into the grass, approximately a quarter of an acre.
Several structures were involved including an art studio, chicken coop, tool shed, storage trailer, and possibly one or two other small outbuildings.
There were also solar panels and many batteries in the area. All structures are considered total losses.
Fortunately, the fire did not spread to the residence, and the owner’s and dogs and cats all survived. An unknown number of chickens perished. The fire was started by the compost pile.
LGFPD responded with 17 volunteers, three engines, two brush trucks, two squads, utility vehicle, and two water tenders. Mutual aid was given by U.S. Forest Service with 21 personnel, five trucks and a helicopter and two volunteers and a water tender from Hartsel, a water tender and volunteer from Jefferson Como, three firefighters with an engine and water tender from Florissant, and two attendants and an ambulance from UPRAD. Deputy Shane Sturgeon Park County Sheriff’s Department also assisted at the scene.
The fire was deemed extinguished at approximately 10 p.m., and after refilling the trucks fire personnel were released around 11 p.m.
LGFPD returned the next morning to sift through the debris, making sure the fire was completely out. USFS personnel ventured out in the surrounding forest area to make sure no embers had traveled that could potentially ignite a fire.
All personnel returned to service satisfied the fire was out and area secure.