Riverton firefighters using an axe and a chain saw forced open a garage door at #10 Haymaker Road to protect the structure from further damage during a fire next door Thursday evening. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – A fire in outbuildings at #12 Haymaker Road just north of Riverton spread across a wooden fence line and onto a garage at #10 Thursday night. The Riverton Volunteer Fire Department however, stopped the blaze there, but the garage suffered some exterior damage as well as smoke damage inside. The adjoining homes at #12 and #10 were not damaged. The outbuildings were totally engulfed in flames upon firefighters arrival just after 5:15 p.m. Dec. 26th. The fire was quickly knocked down, sending clouds of smoke and steam high above the shelter belt around the two homes.
Riverton Fire Department Chief Mike Hutchison said the outbuildings consisted of three structures that were connected, including a chicken coop, a dog kennel and a woodshop. The three were gutted, although the frame of the woodshop was still standing after the fire was put out. The homeowners were able to turn the dogs loose to keep them from harm and a number of geese and chickens in the coop also escaped. “They were far enough away from the fire,” Hutchison said. Cause of the fire is under investigation, but Hutchison noted that there was a heat lamp in operation in the chicken coop, “but that is not definite at to the cause,” he said.
A total of 18 firefighters responded to the blaze, including two engine companies, one rescue company and two tankers.
Haymaker Road was closed at its intersection with Highway 789 and down the road past the fire scene for several hours until the blaze had been extinguished and the mop up conducted. There were no injuries.
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