Fire destroys Snowmass home
August 19, 2002
Eight people were displaced early Sunday morning when their Snowmass Village home was destroyed by fire.
The residents at 1639 Wood Road awoke just after 3 a.m. to smoke detectors. Snowmass Village Fire Marshal John Mele said the residents called 911 and evacuated before the fire spread to the home’s interior.
The Snowmass Village fire department arrived just after 3:10 a.m. to find the home engulfed in flames. Mele said the home’s open floor plan, with few walls to deter the spread of the fire, helped the rapid growth of the blaze.
The home’s location – near a steep slope and a heavily wooded area – also threatened to help the fire spread, Mele said.
“It became more of a defense to make sure it didn’t spread to other homes,” Mele said of fire-fighting efforts. “The house was on a very steep slope – the potential for spread was very high.”
Firefighters avoided an interior attack due to the advancement of flames and instead limited their efforts to containing the blaze to the home, Mele said. The house was a total loss.
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Most of the surrounding area was spared damage – a home just 30 feet away suffered only broken glass and melted window blinds due to the heat of the fire.
No one was injured.
The fire department planned to monitor the home Sunday night to watch for hot spots that might rekindle the blaze, Mele said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
No damage estimate was available.