MOFFAT - The Oct. 15 Moffat fire, accompanied by an explosion, was located about a block east of Highway 17 on the north end of Moffat. The fire quickly engulfed and destroyed an historic home on the northwest end of the block, leaving nothing but two brick chimneys standing. Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick told the Valley Courier the fire is believed to have started near a property that served as a large home and the business known as Crystal Stix. The town has a population of fewer than 200 residents.
Fire investigators and state health inspectors were on scene Oct. 16, but the cause of the fire is yet to be determined six weeks later. The Town of Moffat requested the state to investigate the fire and explosion. Inquiries to the state agency in charge, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, went unanswered Monday.
One source close to the sheriff’s office reported that the cause of the fire may never be determined because it burned so hot all evidence of its origin was destroyed.