FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
29 January 2013
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Landmark house in Montezuma lost to fire
A house in Montezuma popularly known as the “Tiltin’ Hilton” was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon, despite the efforts of firefighters.
The A-frame house with the distinctive off-kilter three-story addition was a total loss, but fortunately there were no injuries.
Some 22 firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and Red, White & Blue Fire were called to the blaze about 1:30 p.m. The first crew on scene at 1:47 p.m. was met outside by one of the residents, who reported that no one was in the building.
By that point, the house was fully engulfed in flames, and firefighters focused on protecting an adjacent home and suppressing the fire.
The Summit County Ambulance Service and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office also had personnel on scene.
The cause is under investigation, although the fire appears to have been accidental.
One positive note: A water tank installed in Montezuma two summers ago supplied ample water to firefighters, alleviating past problems with fire hydrants in the area freezing completely during winter.