Fire forces closure of Steamboat pizza restaurant
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs restaurant has been forced to close for a few weeks during the peak of summer tourism season after a fire broke out Sunday at a commercial building in the Wildhorse subdivision.
A plume of black smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the four-story building, which houses Brick, a wood-fired pizza restaurant.
“As soon as I got the call, I ran right over,” said Lee Demusis, who opened Brick about two years ago, shortly after construction on the building was complete.
Demusis initially assumed the fire had something to do with the pizza oven, but it was burning on the roof in a utility area.
The fire was quickly extinguished but caused extensive damage to the building’s mechanical systems, including Brick’s vent hood and the building’s air conditioning.
“All the mechanicals for the most part have been destroyed,” Demusis said.
There was no fire or smoke damage in the restaurant, and Demusis hopes the mechanical repairs can happen quickly.
“We had one of our better nights a couple nights ago on Friday,” Demusis said.
On Monday morning, construction workers surveyed the damage, and office workers in the building were able to return to their desks.
“Aside from AC stuff, we’re fine,” said accountant McKenzie Repollo, of Resort Ventures West.
Deer Park Road Management Chief Operating Officer Brad Craig said the investment firm was not very impacted by the fire.
“It looked pretty bad, but it was pretty well contained to the north stairwell,” Craig said.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters fought the fire using an engine and a ladder truck. West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters helped at the fire, and Oak Creek firefighters came to Steamboat to help cover any other calls.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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