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Home destroyed in early Saturday morning blaze

WALSENBURG — A Walsenburg residence was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning and injured one man in the home. In the overnight hours on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at about 1:38 am, Huerfano County Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 100 block of Tyler in the City of Walsenburg. A Huerfano County Sheriff’s Deputy and Walsenburg Police Officers arrived on scene about four minutes after the initial call and reported a home heavily involved in fire. The resident, Julian Martinez, was able to make escape from the burning home, but did suffer some non-life threatening burn injuries. Approximately 16 firefighters fought the fire with three fire engines, one aerial ladder truck, along with one command vehicle from HCFPD, one fire engine and one support vehicle from La Veta Fire Protection District who responded to the scene on a mutual aid request. HCFPD Captain Fred Partee said no firefighter injuries were reported during the suppression efforts. A litter of small kittens was discovered during the incident and were

initially turned over to the WPD. The young kittens are currently being cared for by Adrienne Waltz of Walsenburg. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation according to Partee.