Monarch Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1500 block of Misty Valley Court in Saturday evening just after 9 p.m.
The fire was called in by the homeowner’s alarm company and by a neighbor who went to investigate the sounding of the alarm. Upon arrival, fire crews found the building "substantially involved" in flames.
Monarch's fire Marshal Roger Herin, MCP, said the fire went to two alarms. "Nine minutes after their arrival, firefighters evacuated the building due to the possibility of collapse."
The rear portion of the house collapsed shortly after the firefighters evacuated. The house was built using lightweight engineered lumber, said Herin. "This is a case where good training and clear thinking likely saved the lives of firefighters."
Herin said the fire was under control 37 minutes after fire department arrival, however crews remained on the scene until after 1 a.m. mopping up and extinguishing hot spots and flare-ups.
No one was home at the time of the fire.
There were no injuries reported, however the family pets are unaccounted for at this time. The home and contents are a total loss. The fire is under investigation, but not considered suspicious, said Herin.