The call from dispatch came in at 7:22 a.m.
It was Wednesday, April 6, and fire was billowing from the back of the Pride of the West building at 1323 Greene St.
Silverton Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta said firefighters were on the scene moments later and found smoke and flames pouring from the southwest portion of the building. Firefighters launched their attack, aimed at the rear of the building.
“We had one line fighting the flames coming out of the (kitchen) exhaust fan,” Archuleta said.
Another crew broke open the the southwest window along the alley and sprayed the fire inside.
Archuleta said Silverton firefighters then set up fans and sent a team upstairs in the POW building. They pulled down interior ceiling material and determined that at that time the fire had not spread to the roof.
“We continued fighting the fire from the outside,” Archuleta said.
An attack team then entered the adjacent Adelaide’s Antiques building with a heat gun and found no fire there.
“We thought we had it trapped inside the POW building,” Archuleta said.
In the meantime Assistant Fire Chief Mike Maxfield had called for aid from the Ouray and Durango fire departments, requesting ladder trucks, rigs the small Silverton department lacks.
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