Just more than a year after a fire destroyed three buildings on Main Avenue, flames erupted almost directly across the street from the site of the Season's fire Sunday. This time though, thanks to the fast and efficient response from firefighters who battled the blaze in the Newman Building at Eighth Street and Main Avenue, the damage was far less severe. Fire crews deserve to be commended for their effective containment of the fire.
While the cause of Sunday's early morning fire has yet to be determined, its effect - while damaging several offices and businesses nearby - was not devastating. That may be owed in some part to the fire's nature in comparison to last February's Main Avenue fire, which reached such severe levels because of an explosion, but it's also a credit to the firefighters who responded.
Sunday's blaze was contained within a short time of its 7:28 a.m. report, with help from all on-duty personnel and a good number of those who were off duty at the time the fire was called in- though a large perimeter was blocked off to protect the public from any potential danger. Firefighters from Upper Pine River and Los Pinos fire protection districts responded along with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority personnel, and Durango Police and La Plata County Sherriff's deputies. No one was injured, and as much property damage as could have been prevented was. It was truly a team effort that prevented a bad situation from becoming far worse.