No injuries in Snowmass fire
March 11, 2002
An early morning fire destroyed two units in a Snowmass Village condominium building on Saturday.
No one was injured in the blaze at Seasons Four Condominiums, said Snowmass Village Fire Marshall John Mele. However, eight residents were temporarily displaced by the damage done to the 12-unit building.
The fire was first discovered just after 3 a.m. Saturday when a group of condominium occupants returned from a night out in Aspen to find flames creeping up the exterior of the Seasons Four building. The residents began knocking on doors and warning sleeping occupants of the danger, Mele said, including a woman sleeping in a unit that later proved to be the fire’s point of origin.
Mele said the fire department arrived at 3:11 a.m. with 17 firefighters. The condominiums sit directly across the street from the fire station, at the intersection of Owl Creek and Brush Creek roads. Firefighters finished evacuating the condominiums, Mele said, and “basically corralled them up and put them in some shelter in the Seasons Four office.”
Firefighters discovered the blaze began in unit 113, a ground-level apartment, but had spread to the unit directly overhead. Though the group was able to control the fire within an hour, firefighters remained on the scene until nearly 7 a.m. to make sure the fire didn’t start up again, Mele said.
“The initial knockdown was within the first hour, but [firefighters] were there until seven in the morning chasing little hotspots,” he said.
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According to a preliminary investigation, Mele said the fire appears to have escaped unit 113 through the apartment’s chimney chase, which spread the fire to the exterior of the building.
Though the fire made its way out of the unit through a component of the chimney, it does not necessarily mean that the fire originated in the unit’s fireplace, Mele said. The chase served as an escape route for the flames, which could have been sparked anywhere in the apartment.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though Mele said he doesn’t believe it is a “malicious fire” caused by arson.
Saturday’s blaze marks the second burning of Seasons Four property in the last 23 years, Mele said. A “serious fire” destroyed four condominiums in 1979, though residents escaped from that blaze unscathed, as well.