The Laramie Fire Department responded to a garage fire around 10 a.m. Thursday about 8 miles west of Laramie on Wyoming Highway 230, Company Officer Gus Stonum said.

“It was a two-story single family home that started near the garage,” Stonum said. “The fire was extinguished and there was no damage to the house itself other than some smoke damage, the garage will be a loss (and) there was a recreational vehicle that burned completely.”

According to a LFD press release, LFD Engine 7 was the first to arrive on the scene and extinguishing it at 12:30 p.m. after being joined by Big Laramie Volunteer Fire Department, Albany County Central Fire Department, Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department, a city of Laramie water tender, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, Carbon Power and Light, and Black Hills Energy in battling the blaze.

No one was injured from the fire, the release states.

Albany County Undersheriff Josh DeBree said the fire might have started as the result of residents cleaning a fireplace and having hot ash from that start the fire.

“Albany County sheriff’s deputies, the Laramie Fire Department and some volunteer fire departments went out to put water on it,” DeBree said.

“From what I overheard is that they were cleaning out their fire place and some of the hot ash is what ended up starting the fire.”

Stonum said the official cause of the fire is still under investigation but said it is common for fires to start from hot ash being moved from the fireplace in order to clean it.

Just make sure that everything is in a metal container when you dispose of your ashes and then don’t ever store them in your garage or in an enclosed space,” Stonum said.

“Most people think they are out after they pull stuff out of their fire place and then they put it in a plastic container and put it in their garage, which just melts everything down and catches on fire.”

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