Fire damage at Steamboat Springs business estimated at more than $500,000 |

Fire damage at Steamboat Springs business estimated at more than $500,000

— It is estimated that a fire early Wednesday morning caused more than $500,000 worth of damage at a warehouse in Steamboat Springs.

Vaussa occupies the building on Copper Ridge Drive. The company does custom design, cabinetry and millwork.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to the fire at 1:56 a.m.

Steamboat police officers found a large large amount of smoke, and firefighters could see flames through a garage door.

West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters came to help.

The fire entered a void space between the 20-foot ceiling and the roof. Holes were cut in the roof for ventilation and to spray water on the fire.

Firefighters were at the warehouse until 5:30 a.m.

Police detectives and Fire Marshall Doug Shaffer were investigating the fire during the day Wednesday, but they were hesitant to enter the building because the fire had damaged wooden beams supporting the roof.

“So far, we don’t feel like the building is safe,” Shaffer said.

He said firefighters also used caution when fighting the fire.

“Once they got in the door, they didn’t go very far,” Shaffer said.

Machines inside — some of which are operated by computers — might have been damaged by the water used to put out the fire.

The cause of the fire was unknown Wednesday.

Shaffer said the fire was concentrated in the center of the building with damage to the interior and roof.

“The guys did a really good job of getting here and getting the fire out,” Shaffer said.

There was no damage at neighboring properties.

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

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