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Colorado: Fire destroys Summit County home

Firefighters from Lake Dillon and Red, White & Blue fire departments battle a blaze at a landmark home in Montezuma known as the "Tiltin' Hilton." The house was completely destroyed. Credit: Lt. Scott Vinas, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue

Firefighters from Lake Dillon and Red, White & Blue fire departments battle a blaze at a landmark home in Montezuma known as the “Tiltin’ Hilton.” Photo courtesy Lt. Scott Vinas, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue.

Landmark Montezuma residence goes up in flames

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A distinctive Montezuma resident sometimes known as the “Tiltin’ Hilton” was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue.

The A-frame house with the distinctive off-kilter three-story addition was a total loss, but fortunately there were no injuries. More than 20 firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and Red, White & Blue Fire were called to the blaze about 1:30 p.m. The first crew on scene at 1:47 p.m. was met outside by one of the residents, who reported that no one was in the building.

By that point, the house was fully engulfed in flames, and firefighters focused on protecting an adjacent home and suppressing the fire. The Summit County Ambulance Service and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office also had personnel on scene.

The cause is under investigation, although the fire appears to have been accidental.

One positive note: A water tank installed in Montezuma two summers ago supplied ample water to firefighters, alleviating past problems with fire hydrants in the area freezing completely during winter.

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