Fire strikes Gallegos family home

Photo courtesy Jacque Aragon PFPD personnel respond to a fire at the Gallegos home on South 9th Street the morning of Dec. 29. The fire was called in at 5:45 a.m. and was fully extinguished at 8:53 a.m. Within several hours of the fire, an online donation campaign was created to help aid the family.

Photo courtesy Jacque Aragon
PFPD personnel respond to a fire at the Gallegos home on South 9th Street the morning of Dec. 29. The fire was called in at 5:45 a.m. and was fully extinguished at 8:53 a.m. Within several hours of the fire, an online donation campaign was created to help aid the family.

On Dec. 29, at 5:45 a.m., fire units from the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) were requested to respond to a structure fire located on South 9th Street.

According to a press release from the PFPD, Command Officer David Hartman “was informed and confirmed that all the occupants were out of the house by an Archuleta County Sheriff’s Deputy.”

The press release goes on to explain that the first fire apparatus arrived at approximately 5:57 a.m. and “reported heavy smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story, single family residence.”

As additional assistance from the PFPD arrived, the press release states that the fire was extinguished using handlines from Engine No. 1.

“The fire had apparently started from a wood burning stove located on the first floor and extended through the second floor into the roof,” states the press release. “The fire was called under control at approximately 7:18 a.m. and out at 8:53 a.m.”

A total of 18 firefighters were on the scene to both combat the fire and protect property.

“In all two engines, one aerial ladder and one command vehicle responded along with several firefighters arriving in their personal vehicles,” reads the press release, which concluded with stating, “No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.”

In an email to SUN staff, Leticia Gallegos, daughter of Juanita and Alfredo Gallegos, gave some background information on the home and her family who had been living in it for years.

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This story was posted on December 31, 2015.