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Remaining buildings of historic Cheyenne Hitching Post ordered demolished

The historic Hitching Post burns early Friday morning in Cheyenne. (Courtesy Casper Police Department)

Cheyenne Fire and Rescue says that the remaining buildings comprising what used to be the Hitching Post Inn, in Cheyenne, are unsafe and the remaining structures have been ordered demolished.

The announcement comes following a structure fire at the vacant property, on the 1600 block of West Lincolnway on January 15, 2021.

Cheyenne Fire Rescue and the City’s Compliance Division issued separate public notices deeming the property unsafe and an order for demolition by the owner or the owner’s authorized agent.

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Reports released on Wednesday encompass all the remaining structures on site.

Full Cheyenne Fire-Rescue Report

“Pursuant to the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), as adopted by the City of Cheyenne as its Dangerous Building Code, and in the Cheyenne City Code § 15.24.010, it has been determined that each existing structure on site is unsafe and in violation of Section 108.1.1 of the IPMC,” a CFR statement said Wednesday. “Due to the recent fire, all structures have been found to be so out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, insanitary, otherwise unfit for human habitation or occupancy, and is unreasonable to repair the structure.”

Four of the remaining buildings have been ordered demolished by the owner, or the owner’s authorized agent, within 180 days of the notice filed on Wednesday, January 20. A fifth building has been ordered for demolition within 200 days of the notice filed on the same day.

Order for Demolition

The CFR report states each building was found in an unsafe condition after inspections following the January 15 fire.

The CFR report also details holes and damage throughout each level and room in all structures due to the recent fire. The report references repairs yet to be completed for water leaks following an inspection on October 26, 2016 in addition to a lack of proper security to prevent unauthorized entry stemming from a notice and order dated September 10, 2017.