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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue (SSFR) was dispatched by the Routt County Communication (RCC) to 33400 Catamount Drive for a fire alarm indicating a heat detector activation and manual pull station.
Upon arrival at the scene, the arriving Engine 6-2 found three structures in the area without any buildings being in alarm. As the engine crew was investigating the Catamount Clubhouse and Pro Shop for any sign of smoke or fire, crews began to smell smoke in the air. As they completed investigation of the clubhouse from the exterior they noticed an orange glow and smoke coming from the golf cart barn.
Determining there was active fire in the golf cart barn, the engine crew hooked up to a hydrant and stretched 200’ of 2-½” line as a water supply. The engine crew attacked the fire with a 1-¾” line, starting with an exterior knockdown on the flames.
Captain Hetrick determined that flames were present on one corner of the building with smoke coming from the soffits on all sides. Hetrick asked RCC to page for additional SSFR crews and West Routt Fire Protection District (WRFPD) for an additional engine. At 01:37 additional personnel were present to start a safe interior attack on the building, pulling and cutting the ceiling to access the fire which had made its way into the attic of the building.
All 8 on-duty personnel responded to the fire, plus Chief Stewart. One FF/Engineer went back to the mountain station and brought Tower 6-1 and two off-duty firefighters to the fire. Tower 6-1 allowed for personnel to get light on the scene and observe for any additional extension of fire in the roof. With the arrival of West Routt Engine 7-6 and their three personnel, along with two more off-duty SSFR firefighters, crews removed around 15 golf carts from the building and confirmed that the fire had not spread through the entire attic.
While on-scene for the structure fire, SSFR was requested to respond to Casey’s Pond at 03:21AM for an unattended death. By 03:40 am, all fire growth was stopped and crews were able to completely extinguish smoldering spots. Hose, ladders and lights were loaded by 04:32, with all fire apparatus and the ambulance back in full ready status by 05:41 am.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Routt County Sheriff Office and the Fire Marshal and damage costs are still being determined. SFFR would like to thank WRFPD, RCSO, and RCC for their assistance with the structure fire and Steamboat Springs Police Department for their assistance with the call at Casey’s Pond.
Contact:Mel Stewart, Fire Chief, 970.879.7170, or email Scott Hetrick, Captain, 970.879.7170 or emailChristian Keller, PIO/FFF/Paramedic, 970.879.7170 or email