A Palisade family of four is left devastated after a fire ripped through their home Monday afternoon.
Just after 11:00am, fire crews were called to Majestic Court on reports that flames and smoke were pouring out of a home there.
Officials say once they arrived on scene, firefighters were able to get most of the blaze under control quickly -- but because the house had just been remodeled making several spaces inside not easily accessible, it took them a while to make sure the fire was completely extinguished.
The Bouman family, who owns the house, was not at home when the fire started.
Officials call the home a total loss and say Boumans are absolutely devastated.
"They're taking it pretty rough," said Palisade Fire Chief Richard Rupp. "Red Cross has been called in and they're working with them right now to arrangements for them for a place to stay."
Neighbors tell 11 News the Boumans, who moved in just a little over a year ago from Alaska, are great people and that the fire couldn't have come at worst time for them. They say Mr. Bouman just finished remodeling work he did himself on the home and was recently laid off from his job working as a welder on the oil rigs. They say he, his wife, and two young kids live at the home with him.