A chicken coop and 20 birds were destroyed in a fire at Cedar Ridge Ranch in Missouri Heights early Wednesday, but the property owner and Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District firefighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading to an adjacent horse barn.
Firefighters received a call to 3059 County Road 103 at 12:18 a.m. and had the first responding officer on scene in 15 minutes and the first engine arriving four minutes later, according to a press release. At that point a 12-foot by 12-foot chicken coop was engulfed in flames, and the property owner was battling the blaze with fire extinguishers.
Adjacent to the coop is a large horse barn home to 30 horses. That structure was damaged, but firefighters were able to save it. Prior to the firefighters’ arrival, the horses were released and none were injured. No other injuries were reported.
The chicken coop was a total loss; however no dollar amount has been determined at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire department responded with three fire trucks, an ambulance and 12 personnel. The fire was reported as being under control at 12:44 a.m.
“The horse barn at Cedar Ridge Ranch is an important structure in the Missouri Heights area,” Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach said in the release. “I am so happy the property owner and the firefighters were able to save it from burning last night.”
The town of Basalt has named all seven people who will sit on a committee charged with advising on the selection of a new police chief, following the resignation of former Chief Roderick O’Connor.
The “Community Advisory Panel” (CAP) will meet publicly on the third Tuesday of each month in the Basalt Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In addition to discussing the type of hire the town should make, the CAP will serve as one of three interview panels for the final interview of the new chief.
The panel members are Kelley Burk, Matthew Hamilton, Leroy Duroux, Bernie Grauer, Tim Belinski, Bennett Bramson and Suzanne Wheeler DelPiccolo.
“The members of the CAP reflect a wide cross section of our town and we’re so fortunate they’ve all agreed to help,” Mayor Jacque Whitsitt said in a press release. “I along with the Town Council will value their input and I look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
O’Connor was placed on administrative leave in October and stepped down five weeks later after an unidentified officer on the Basalt force made a complaint against him. The complaint led to an investigation by Mountain States Employers Council, which found no wrongdoing on the chief’s part. The town and O’Connor have refused to discuss the nature of the complaint or disclose the report, and the matter is currently subject to litigation under the Colorado Open Records Act. O’Connor received an $83,994 severance upon his departure.