Updated: The investigation into yesterday’s fire near 16th Street and Balsasm in Greeley has been turned over to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. Greeley Fire Marshal Dale Lyman says the source of the fire in an open field was likely related to human activity, though there is still a chance that it could be found to have been accidentally set. Several structures were destroyed in the fire that took roughly two hours to get under control.
A fast moving fire swept though the area near E. 16th Street and Balsam in Greeley Sunday afternoon. The flames destroyed some outbuildings, including a barn, and started burning the exterior’s of two homes. Firefighters managed to douse the fire on the houses quickly, but the inital reponse took extra time because fire crews had trouble getting back to the fire and a “limited firefighting water supply in the area.” The fire had spread into a couple of piles of trees and limbs that was supposed to be used for firewood. No one was hurt. Two dogs in one of the houses were rescued and later reunited with their owners.