3-alarm fire destroys Loveland office building

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LOVELAND, Colo. — A three-alarm fire destroyed a two-story brick office building in Loveland. A witness first reported the fire at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday.

The first firefighters from Loveland arrived six minutes later to find heavy smoke and fire in the building.

According to Loveland Fire, the Ward Building at 2114 N. Lincoln Ave. was destroyed. Crews from seven different fire departments responded to the scene with more than 25 pieces of fire equipment.

The fire forced the closure of Highway 287 and Highway 34 in the area around 10:30 p.m. Those closures last until around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The 10,700 square foot building was occupied by Ward Construction, Inc. and several other businesses. It was built in 1984.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is believe to be accidental according to Loveland Deputy Fire Marshall Scott Pringle.

Here are the fire departments that worked together on this incident:
— Loveland
— Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins
— Berthoud
— Windsor
— Greeley
— Johnstown
— Frederick-Firestone