SHERIDAN — A fire consumed a home at 5 Chinook Drive off Decker Road at around 5 p.m. Wednesday night. A woman and her dog made it out safely and no injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Wyoming state fire marshal. Incident commander Jon Syring, a firefighter with Sheridan Fire-Rescue said SFR was the first to respond to the fire and established command. Goose Valley Fire Department and Rocky Mountain Ambulance also responded.
“We could see the smoke from town,” Syring told The Sheridan Press. “When we arrived on scene, it was approximately 90 percent involved.”
Syring said firefighters quickly depleted the 500 gallons of water carried on city engines and had to wait for backup rigs carrying more water before proceeding with putting out the fire as there were no hydrants at the location. The combined efforts of SFR and GVFD used more than 20,000 gallons of water.
“When we run out of water we just kind of have to sit and wait until more water arrives,” Syring said. “It wasn’t too much longer after that Goose Valley arrived with their tender and they were able to hook into us and supply us with water.”
Five rigs from the GVFD responded to the fire, as well as several law enforcement agencies including the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol. A total of five firefighters from SFR and 18 from GVFD responded to the fire, remaining at the site until around midnight. The fire destroyed the structure.
“We’re just thankful the residents were out of the house and everybody was OK,” Syring said, mentioning the woman told authorities no one else was in the home.