A fire early Tuesday, Dec. 7, put a Montrose County woman out of her home.

The blaze on Epitaph Road rendered the house uninhabitable due to smoke and fire damage, Montrose Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Craig Willsie said.

“It’s always sad to have someone have a loss this time of year. It’s not good at any time,” he said.

A smoke detector alerted the occupant when the fire broke out and the resident safely got out of the house. Willsie said neighbors were on hand to help her in the immediate aftermath.

“I think the neighborhood has come together, at least temporarily,” he said.

Willsie said he believes the home is insured, but he did not have information as to whether a fund or formal efforts to help have been set up.

Crews responding Tuesday morning found heavy fire in the back of the home. They performed an internal attack to stop the flames from spreading and were on scene for about three hours.

The MFPD is investigating the fire’s cause and point of origin. Willsie said there was nothing to indicate the blaze had been suspicious.

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