The requested resource (/media/ksut/header/pb/header.html) is not available
Last updated 9:54AM ET
December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango Main Avenue Fire Update
(2008-02-26)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Days after the flames were extinguished in three Durango Main Avenue businesses, a group of firefighters from Farmington returned today to the scene.
The work they did will help the businesses recover from Friday's blaze.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

(KAUFMAN: THEY WERE IN THE PROCESS OF COMING OFF THE LADDER WHEN THE EXPLOSION OCCURED)
VICTOR: Thirty or so Farmington firefighters in full turnout gear and helmets gathered around a flatbed truck on Main Avenue.
Standing on the bed was Durango Fire Marshall Tom Kaufman describing to them, last Friday's fire that destroyed Half-Price Tees, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill and Le Rendezvous Swiss Bakery & Caf .
Farmington Fire Battalion Chief Hal Doughty led the team.
It was comprised of a Technical Rescue team, Farmington's Urban Search and Rescue squad, and even some firefighters who had just ended a 48 hour work shift, but wanted to help out.
Doughty says their first purpose was for training.
DOUGHTY: AS UNFORTUNATE AS THE FIRE IS, YOU KNOW, WE'RE INTERESTED IN SEEING THE SCENE AND TRYING TO GET OUR GUYS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN A SIGNIFICANT FIRE IN A BUILDING LIKE THIS, SIMPLY BECAUSE IT MIRRORS THE DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR IN FARMINGTON, WHERE WE PROTECT.
But they quickly learned they could help out, by actually entering the basements of Rendevous and Half Price Tees, to recover important business property.
DOUGHTY: CPU'S FROM COMPUTERS, LAPTOP COMPUTERS, WE WERE ABLE TO SAVE A CASH REGISTER OUT OF ONE, IT HAD MONEY IN IT, AND A CASH BOX OUT OF ANOTHER THAT HAD MONEY IN IT, SO IN ADDITION TO THE TRAINING WE FELT LIKE WE WERE ABLE TO DO SOME GOOD UP HERE AS WELL.
Half Price Tees owner Eric Kiesel actually accompanied the team into the basement of his burned out business.
It was a trip that will help him in the process of rebuilding.
KIESEL: THE INVENTORY'S RUINED BUT I DID RECOVER SOME OF MY ELECTRONICS THAT I THINK I MAY BE ABLE TO GET DATA RECOVERY OFF OF, WHICH IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE A LOT OF THAT BACKED UP FOR THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS. SO IT WILL BE A LOT EASIER TO RECREATE IF I CAN GET IT OFF. AND WE WERE ABLE TO PULL SOME OF OUR MACHINERY OUT OF THERE AND IT MIGHT BE SALVAGABLE, SO WE'LL SEE. I HAVE THE CUSTOM EMBROIDERING AND SILK SCREENING SIDE THAT SERVES THE LOCALS, AND THAT I'VE GOT TO GET UP AND RUNNING CAUSE I'VE GOT CLIENTS I'VE GOT TO SERVE. SO WE'RE LOOKING AT MAIN AVENUE, IF WE CAN'T FIND SOMETHING ON MAIN AVENUE WHAT WE'LL PROBABLY DO IS MOVE SOMEWHERE OFF MAIN AND JUST OPEN THE EMBROIDERY AND PRINT RIGHT AWAY AND JUST DO THAT FROM A TEMPORARY LOCATION UNTIL WE REBUILD, AND WE ARE GOING TO REBUILD.
Seasons owner Karen Barger, who says she too plans to rebuild, held a meeting with 37 members of her staff in the alley behind the burned out business, updating them on her plans and possible assistance.
Fire Marshall Tom Kaufman says they are continuing their investigation of the fire, but all evidence points to the kitchen exhaust hood system in Seasons as the source of the fire.
All 9 firefighters injured during the firefight, have now been released from the hospital are are recovering.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
© Copyright 2017, ksut