The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, along with the Garfield and Alexandria fire departments, were called out Monday, Oct. 11, at about 8:30 p.m. for a possible house fire at 7300 10th Ave. SW near Garfield.
According to the sheriff's report, deputies arrived at the location and saw flames on one side of the house. The house was dark, the door was locked and no one was home. The owner of the home, Mario Rodriquez, 42, had left the house around noon and verified that nobody was at the home at the time of the fire, according to the sheriff's office.
A short time after the Garfield Fire Department arrived, the Alexandria Fire Department was called for mutual aid. The fire was extinguished, but not before extensive damage was done to the house and its contents.
The fire appears to have started in the kitchen area of the house. The exact cause is unknown, but it does not appear to be suspicious, according to the sheriff's report.