Fire damages Aspen Alps |

Fire damages Aspen Alps

Charles Agar
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times
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ASPEN – Aspen volunteer firefighters battled a major blaze at the Aspen Alps condominium complex in the early hours Friday morning. Damage is estimated at $1 million.

One firefighter was injured in the effort. The building was evacuated and no occupants reported any injuries.

The cause is under investigation.

“It was scary,” said one witness who wanted to remain anonymous. He reported flames shooting 30-feet above one block of units. “We’ve been up all night.”

Residents awoke to the smell of smoke and blaring fire alarms at 1:45 a.m. Friday.

The bottom floor and roof of one four-story building was on fire when two engines and one aerial ladder truck from the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 1:52 a.m.

With assistance from Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District ” one engine and four firefighters ” some 23 Aspen volunteer firemen and officers had the blaze contained by 5 a.m.

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