Dryer fire displaces guests at Bear Claw II condos in Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Between 25 and 30 guests were evacuated Tuesday night after a fire broke out at a vacation condo complex at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called at about 11:45 p.m. to the 65-unit Bear Claw II condominiums, where a dryer had reportedly caught fire on the fifth floor. Flames were reportedly shooting out of the dryer, and the fire was spreading up the stairs to the upper-level unit.
The eight firefighters on duty responded to the fire with an engine and two ambulances, and Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Cerasoli brought the ladder truck.
Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the unit and spreading into the hallway. Firefighters pulled a 5-inch-diameter hose up to the fifth floor and put out the fire. They then looked to see if the fire spread into the walls, ceilings or surrounding units.
Smoke filled the fifth floor hallway and spread to the fourth and sixth floors. Fans were used to help remove the smoke.
During the fire, firefighters had to switch out oxygen bottles and be medically cleared before returning to the blaze.
Steamboat police helped evacuate the building, and Bear Claw II management helped guests find alternative lodging.
While Steamboat firefighters were on scene, West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters were paged to help someone who fell down stairs on Blue Sage Drive.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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