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Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that scorched the interior of the Harp Moving and Storage building on Market Street in downtown Cortez Sunday morning.

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On January 23rd at around 4:30pm, Rico residents heard a loud boom. At first some people people thought it was a shell for avalanche control, but they soon realized it was much worse. A house had exploded, killing one of the residents and completely leveling the building.

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A 42-year-old Rico woman was killed Monday in an explosion that destroyed her home and reverberated throughout the small mountain town.

Cortez Fire Protection District

In August, the Cortez Fire Protection District was awarded $2 million to help build a new fire station.

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Most people would probably agree that fire safety is important, but according to Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Bittle of the Cortez Fire Protection District, it can sometimes fall by the wayside.