Vail fire displaces renters |

Vail fire displaces renters

Chris Outcalt
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Chris Outcalt/Vail DailyFirefighters confer after making quick work of a fire in West Vail Wednesday morning.

VAIL, Colo. ” A Wednesday morning fire has displaced six Vail residents and caused about $25,000 in damage to a home on Alpine Drive in West Vail, officials said.

The Vail Fire Department responded to report of a structure fire at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters discovered smoke and flames in a bedroom on the main level of the three-story building.

No one was in the room where the fire started, but four other residents heard a smoke detector and evacuated the building, Fire Marshall Mike Vaughan said.

The fire ” which was put out in a few minutes ” was isolated to one bedroom.

Several items in the room including clothes and a computer were ruined by the fire, Vaughan said. The rest of the home had extensive smoke damage as a result of the fire, he said.

Damage to the house was estimated at $25,000, Vaughan said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Vaughan said he believes it started after a power strip malfunctioned and caused a bed to catch fire.

“From what I saw, that strip had sufficient heat to ignite the under side of the box spring,” Vaughan said.

The six people renting the home made arrangements to stay with friends, Vaughan said.

The Eagle River Fire Protection District also responded to the fire.

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