Arson victim not going anywhere |

Arson victim not going anywhere

— The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or people responsible for setting a July 20 fire that caused more than $500,000 in estimated damage at a local business.

“We are grateful to Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue for their quick response and their ability to put the fire out quickly,” Police Chief Cory Christensen said Wednesday. “That has left us with a considerable amount of evidence to collect and analyze.”

The fire was reported at 1:56 a.m.

Those with any information are asked to contact Detective Sam Silva at 970-879-4344.

The building at 2555 Copper Ridge Drive was being used by Vaussa, a company that specializes in custom design, cabinetry and millwork.

Vaussa owner Beau Christiansen said that despite the fire, clients would not experience any impact from the loss of the manufacturing facility. He said the business is “not going anywhere,” and he is working with a former employer in Utah to keep up with customer demand.

Vaussa employs eight people, and Christiansen said he will be able to retain them by having them work in the field.

“It’s not putting us out of business by any means,” Christiansen said. “We’re just going to come back stronger. Our insurance companies were quick to respond to our situation, and we are confident that they will have us back up and running in no time.”

Christiansen said they have received a lot of support from the community, including those in the construction industry who have offered to help in any way they can.

“This as a significant loss for the business owner and our thoughts go out to the business and their employees as they work through this loss and attempt to continue to meet the needs of their many clients,” Christensen said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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