Fire in Delta Burns for 12+ Hours

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

Officials are investigating and overnight fire that took more than 12 hours to put out.

The Delta Fire Chief calls it one of the largest fires he's ever fought.

The fire broke out shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday and spread quickly throughout businesses, destroying two buildings.

The fire started in Nichols House of Carpet on East First Street in Delta and spread rapidly.

By the time Delta Fire arrived on scene, the amount of fuel and fire made it so crews could only fight the blaze from outside the building.

Officials say flames shot 75' through the roof, as the fire spread from Nichols House of Carpet to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Crews from Delta and Cedaredge worked feverishly to contain the blaze, as dozens of residents watched.

The interchange between Colorado Highways 50 and 92 were shut down until 5 a.m. Sunday.

Salvation Army Captain Dan Wilson says the Delta store is a total loss.

The store raises money for alcohol and drug rehab programs on the Western Slope, and though Wilson knows losing his most profitable store will be difficult, he says the Salvation Army will find a way to recover.

He says it's too early to know what caused the fire, but at this time, they do not suspect arson.

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