Poudre Fire Authority deployed a drone to investigate an Aug. 20 house fire in Fort Collins. The drone allows investigators to get an aerial view more quickly and inexpensively than using a ladder truck.
Courtesy of Poudre Fire Authority
Editors’ note: The 360-degree tool to view the home damaged in a recent fire is located at the bottom of this story.
Poudre Fire Authority teamed up with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery to create a 360-degree tour of a west Fort Collins house that was severely damaged in a fire last month.
Heat and embers from a fire pit on the back porch sparked the Aug. 20 fire, which tore through the house, displaced five college-age men and killed a dog.
PFA education specialist Michael Durkin and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery dome manager Ben Gondrez created the tour using the museum’s specialized camera. Users can scroll through the home and learn more about fire safety through embedded tips.
Poudre Fire Authority also deployed a drone — part of the Larimer County Unmanned Aircraft System program — to help investigate the fire. Fort Collins Police Services and UCHealth personnel also responded to the scene.
PFA provided fire safety tips, including:
- Have functioning smoke alarms, and regularly replace batteries.
- Tour your home with family members or roommates to map an escape plan, including two ways out of every room. Plan a safe meeting place outside the home, such as a tree across the street.
- Remember the message: “Get out and stay out.” It is never safe to reenter a burning home, even for a family member or pet. Tell emergency dispatchers or firefighters where the person or pet was last seen.
- Move fire pits at least 15 feet away from combustible materials, including propane tanks, fences, sheds, decks and shrubbery.
Tour the house below, or visit: bit.ly/broadview360video. Move from room to room and click on information icons to learn more from PFA.
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