Sheridan Fire Rescue says that a wood- and coal-burning stove most likely caused a couch to ignite in a garage being used as a living space at 951 Burton Street in Sheridan on Tuesday.
According to a media release from Sheridan Fire-Rescue Marshal Brian Songer, crews responded at around 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon to find black smoke emerging from the structure.
Firefighters encountered flames on and around the couch in the middle of the main level of the two-level garage. After putting out the fire, they used a large fan to clear smoke and heat.
The area was being used as a living space, but no one was in the structure at the time. The release says that SFR's initial investigation concluded that the stove door was left open and caused the couch to catch fire.
The owner of the property, Ed Foltz, was home at the time, but was in the house adjacent to and disconnected from the garage. No injuries were reported.
Goose Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Rocky Mountain Ambulance also responded to the fire.