A structural fire in a metal barn on CR 319 that burned from late Sunday night into early Monday morning resulting in a complete loss of the structure itself, but no injuries, Chaffee County Fire Protection District firefighter Kira Jones said.

CCFPD chief Robert Bertram was not at the scene and directed The Times to Jones.

The structure is “a total loss,” Jones said. “Everything burned.”

The barn was owned by Chuck Huggs, the owner of Acquired Taste Rafting in Johnson’s Village, who said the fire “destroyed every boat that we have.”

“I have no choice but to sell the business,” Huggs said.

Still, Huggs said “I’m OK, my horses are OK, thanks to the Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Department … at this point I’m just grateful to be alive.”

“The rest of the stuff is just property,” he said

The call about the fire at a structure on CR 319 near the Buena Vista Regional Airport at about 11:03 a.m. Sunday, Jones said. The main fire was extinguished in about an hour, but crews remained at the scene to make sure the last of the fire was contained until about 3:00 Monday morning.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, Jones said.

There were no injuries in the fire, she said.

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