News in Brief
December 13, 2007
ASPEN ” One person was injured early Wednesday morning in a fire that gutted an apartment at 101 Lone Pine Road in Aspen.
Firefighters said the two occupants were lucky to escape since the fire alarm had been disabled.
The woman who lives in the apartment woke up to smoke and heat from the flames, said Aspen Deputy Fire Chief Orrin Moon. She roused a house guest who went out to a hallway, got a fire extinguisher and put out the fire.
“When our first engines showed up the fire was knocked down and there was still some smoldering clothing in the unit,” said Moon.
The house guest was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital with burns to his hands and feet.
“The occupant had taken the smoke detector down because of burnt toast and hadn’t put it back up,” said Moon. “She feels really bad about that. People sometimes don’t wake up to smoke. They were very lucky to wake up and get the fire knocked down.”
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Moon said the fire was likely started by clothing near an electric baseboard heater or a malfunction of the electric baseboard heater.
BASALT ” Basalt officials this week warned a Mexican bar and restaurant to avoid further brushes with the law or risk having its liquor license revoked.
El Nuevo Horizonte’s liquor license was renewed for one year, with reservations from the Basalt Town Council, sitting at the liquor licensing authority.
Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda informed the board during a hearing that his department has responded to six “disturbances” since May at El Horizonte, as the restaurant is more popularly known. According to Ikeda, the incidents included a charge of serving after hours on May 5; serving an underage person on May 19; an assault and stabbing that resulted from a fight that spilled out of the bar and into the street on June 25; a charge of disorderly conduct against a patron, who was then found to be in possession of cocaine on Sept. 30; and mischief that resulted in broken windows on two occasions this fall.
“That’s alarming,” Councilman Mark Kittle said after Ikeda listed the problems. “We’ve never had an establishment with this many violations before.”
Mayor Leroy Duroux said the establishment would pose a “major community problem” if the violations continue.
El Horizonte owner Fabio Carbajal noted that some of the incidents, like the broken windows, shouldn’t be counted as strikes against him. In one case, the staff wouldn’t sell beer to a juvenile. That person came back after hours, broke a window and stole beer.
The council agreed to impose what is essentially probation for El Horizonte. They said they will hold a “show cause hearing” for possible revocation if the police department reports any new disturbances in the next year.