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Old Snowmass home still smoldering

Naomi Havlen
Smoke rises from the charred remains of a home at 4994 Snowmass Creek Road on Tuesday afternoon. Aspen Times photo/Paul Conrad.

An Old Snowmass home that erupted into flames on Monday night is still smoldering.John Mele, Snowmass fire marshall, said the home at 4994 Snowmass Creek Road has sustained so much structural damage that it is too dangerous for firefighters to enter. They nevertheless continue to watch the house to keep an eye on any flare-ups.

Mele said the first chance he’ll have to investigate the cause of the fire won’t likely come until Thursday.The fire was reported about 9 p.m. Monday by residents at the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf and a motorist who was passing by. No one was at the home when the fire started, and no one was injured in the blaze. Mele said the home’s owners frequently use the residence, but have other homes elsewhere.

There were guests staying at the home three days before the fire and a maid cleaned the home on Sunday, but Mele said Tuesday he hadn’t yet spoken to any of them. He said the owners were cooperating with the investigation.The house, a 2,400-square-foot log cabin, was built in the early 1970s. Mele said it was destroyed in the blaze.”We don’t have any arson indications just now,” he said. The investigation will continue when the home is safe to enter.

Until then, smoke continues to curl from the structure, and the Snowmass Fire Department continues to keep an engine in the area night and day. Mele said he doesn’t think there’s any threat of the fire getting out of control or creating further damage in the area because of snow in the area and the distance to neighboring structures.The Basalt and Aspen fire departments aided the Snowmass Fire Department on Tuesday night in extinguishing the initial blaze.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com