Berthoud fireman injured fighting vehicle fire Saturday

A Berthoud fireman was injured Saturday afternoon piece battling a vehicle fire, when an explosion sent metal pieces from a van’s engine compartment toward firemans. The fireman was transported to a local hospital and was discharged, “having sustained no serious injuries,” according to a press release.

Berthoud Fire Protection District crews were called to the scene — an alley between Fourth and Fifth streets, just south of Massachusetts Avenue — at 3:21 p.m. to find one van heavily involved and some other beginning to burn.

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“The vehicle fire was threatening several near structures,” the release states. “Crew one began fire attack and quickly destroyed the fire. All neighboring homes and businesses were protected from damage.”

A second fireman was besides evaluated for possible injuries and was discharged with no injury.

The fire occurred in an area of businesses and residences about a half block north of Mountain Avenue, which was for good closed to traffic to provide engines and paramedics access to the scene.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene and will conduct the fire investigation to determine the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this time, according to the release.