Silverton Square cafe catches fire Wednesday morning – The Journal

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Family hosted at the Grand Imperial Hotel; ongoing community fundraising efforts

Two families who co-own the Silverton Square cafe were evacuated from their lofts above a business early Wednesday in Silverton when a fire broke out in the business. (Courtesy of San Juan County Emergency Management)

Two families lost their homes early Wednesday when a store caught fire and the flames spread to their lofts above the store.

The San Juan County Volunteer Fire Department received the report at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and was on hand to douse the structure with water at 3:35 a.m., said DeAnne Gallegos, spokeswoman for the management of San Juan County ER. Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly three hours and declared the blaze extinguished at 6 a.m.

No injuries were reported and the two families were safely evacuated, but the structure suffered “significant damage” and is “uninhabitable”, the statement said.

The two families involved, who were not comfortable disclosing their names on Wednesday, lived above the Silverton Square cafe which they co-own. They’ve lived in Silverton for more than a year and opened up shop in February, Gallegos said.

The San Juan County Volunteer Fire Department received a report of the fire at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and was on site to spray the structure at 3:35 a.m. Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly three hours and declared the fire extinguished at 6 a.m. (courtesy of San Juan County Emergency Management)

The San Juan County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at 220 East 12th Street at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Silverton Square cafe, which had been open since February, suffered extensive damage, according to a news release from San Juan County Emergency Management. (Courtesy of San Juan County Emergency Management)

She said the families’ mobile phones were lost in the blaze because they had to get out so quickly, and while the flames may not have reached parts of the residences, personal property was destroyed. following smoke and water damage.

“It’s very heartbreaking,” she said.

Jim Harper, owner of the Grand Imperial Hotel, immediately provided a family suite at the hotel for displaced families the morning of the fire. Fundraising efforts are already underway, Gallegos said.

Funds are being raised through Citizens State Bank as part of the Silverton Square Fire and Family Relief Fund and a GoFundMe and other local fundraisers are being coordinated, she said.

“Once again, I want to thank the team for what we do as a team,” Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta said in the statement. The structure was completely engulfed in flames when we arrived, and we responded immediately.

Seventeen firefighters and two engines were deployed, according to a press release from the office of emergency management. Silverton Medical Rescue and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office also responded to support firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but San Juan County Emergency Management said in the statement that residents of Silverton should be sure to clean their chimneys before winter arrives, avoid storing flammables inside homes or businesses and clear doorways of debris and clutter.

“During this time of year when we reset our clocks, it’s important to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well,” the statement said. “Remember, ‘the fire won’t wait – plan your escape.’ Make sure you have a plan and a ‘duffle bag’ ready if you need to evacuate immediately.”

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Funds are raised through Citizens State Bank as part of the Silverton Square Fire and Family Relief Fund. A GoFundMe and other local fundraisers are also being coordinated for the two families who lost their homes and condos in a fire that broke out early Wednesday morning in Silverton. (Courtesy of San Juan County Emergency Management)

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