Fast-moving fire destroys house near Horsetooth Reservoir

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- A house caught fire near Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County on Wednesday evening, the Poudre Fire Authority said.

The home in the 3400 block of Continental Circle was reduced to rubble and it appeared flames spread to nearby brush. There was no one home when the fire broke out about 5 p.m.

First responders went door to door asking neighbors to evacuate and 48 emergency notifications were sent out, fire officials said.

Crews had difficulty fighting the fire because of low water pressure from hydrants and had to transport in water. Firefighters had to back away at one point because a propane tank was venting.

The fire was brought under control about 8 p.m. and firefighters stayed on the scene overnight to mop up and watch for hot spots.

A firefighter was taken to a hospital to be treated for fatigue. There were no other reported injuries and firefighters were able to protect two nearby homes from the flames.

The cause of the fire is under under investigation. One man who lived in the two-story house was displaced.