Firefighters discover flames, save building at Catamount golf course
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A fire at Catamount Ranch & Club early Friday morning damaged a golf cart barn as well as several carts inside the building.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue received a report of a structure fire just after 1 a.m. Friday at 33400 Catamount Drive. A fire engine arrived on scene, but firefighters initially found no sign of flames in three buildings in the area, according to a news release from the city of Steamboat Springs.
A crew was investigating the golf course clubhouse when firefighters smelled smoke. Outside, they saw an “orange glow” as well as smoke coming from the golf cart barn, according to the release.
Capt. Scott Hetrick found flames in a corner of the interior of the building, which had spread to wood trusses in the attic. That did not bode well for the barn.
“Once it gets in here, you’re pretty much writing off a building,” Hetrick said.
He quickly called for additional support from Steamboat Fire Rescue and West Routt Fire Protection District. Crews attacked the fire from the interior and exterior of the barn, cutting into the walls and ceiling to douse flames in the attic.
By 3:40 a.m., firefighters had eliminated the fire and extinguished any smoldering spots.
Fortunately, firefighters were able to contain the flames to a corner of the building and prevent them from destroying the barn.
“It was an impressive stop by the crew,” Hetrick said.
Flames caused minimal damage to some of the golf carts inside the barn.
Fire investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire but were at the golf course Friday looking into it.
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