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February 6, 2013
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Breckenridge blaze draws 20 firefighters

Firefighters were able to extinguish a fire that ignited in an unoccupied structure on North Pine Street in Breckenridge early Tuesday morning.

Teams from Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District and Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue responded with a total of 20 firefighters responded to the call at 6 a.m. and were able to contain and put out the blaze quickly.

It was a county employee who spotted and called in the fire Tuesday morning.

"The quick actions of a county road and bridge worker prevented this fire from damaging the entire structure," Red, White and Blue fire chief Jim Keating said. "The home had operational smoke detectors that would have provided notification of the fire to the occupants if they were home."

The fire originated in the home's mechanical room.

The owner of the property said there had been problems with the boiler, which might have been a factor in the ignition, according to a statement from Red, White and Blue.

A mechanical contractor was reportedly addressing the boiler problem.

Fire officials reminded the public to check that smoke detectors are operating properly on a monthly basis and have heating systems inspected by licensed professionals annually.

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The Summit Daily Updated Feb 6, 2013 12:11AM Published Feb 6, 2013 12:10AM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.