11 people were displaced from their homes Tuesday by a midday fire at an 8-unit Torrington townhouse complex that rekindled overnight.
Torrington Volunteer Fire Assistant Chief Rick Donbraska says firefighters were called to the complex in the 1800 block of East L Street around 11:15 a.m., finding the upstairs of one townhouse to be nearly fully involved with flames coming through the roof, and smoke coming from two additional units.
Donbraska says mutual aid responded from Lingle Volunteer and Scottsbluff Fire, and firefighters were able to halt the spread by cutting holes in the roof and knocking down fire in the attic. More than 8 hours later, the initial fire was out, with water and smoke damage to two units, and the upstairs of the fire structure unit heavily damaged.
Around 2:00 a.m., firefighters from all three departments were called back to the scene after the flames rekindled in the attic of the townhouse with the initial damage, and spread to the adjacent unit. Donbraska says fire crews again knocked down and extinguished the flames over the course of another five hours.
The Wyoming State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the cause of the blaze, and Donbraska says an estimate of damage has yet to be determined. Red Cross was called in to help the residents who were forced out of their homes.