Residence burns to the ground in Snowmass |

Residence burns to the ground in Snowmass

Five or six Snowmass Village residents were displaced from their North Ridge Lane building early yesterday when a fire of unknown origin nearly burned it to the ground, authorities said.

Twenty-five volunteer firefighters and four fire trucks from the Snowmass Fire Department fought the blaze from approximately 2 to 6 a.m. Sunday, said John Mele, Snowmass fire marshal. No one was reported injured, he said.

“It was a bad one,” Mele said. “It was a big fire and a total loss. The fire was so intense, you could see it from almost anywhere in Snowmass Village.”

Mele described the structure as an octagonal pod, housing approximately five apartment units, connected by a corridor to another identical octagonal pod. The fire ignited in one of the two pods, he said.

“The fire was stopped in the one pod by some really aggressive firefighters. The Snowmass fire crews did a great job at containing it to one structure, so all the housing units weren’t lost. ” Mele said. “The second pod only had some slight smoke damage.”

“Half of it was saved, the other half is a total loss, but I don’t have a dollar amount for damages or any cause yet,” he said. “Approximately five units were lost, and a good five or six people lost their homes as a result.”

The investigation into the cause of the blaze will continue today, he said.

Not all the residents of the building were home when the fire started, Mele said, and thankfully, those who were made it outside safely.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t find any operable smoke detectors at all inside,” Mele said. “But fortunately, someone woke up – they either heard something or smelled something – and they were able to notify the people in the other units.”

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