Police investigate whether fire was intentionally set | SteamboatToday.com

Police investigate whether fire was intentionally set

— The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a fire that occurred Wednesday morning as a possible arson.

Oak Creek residents on Thursday may have noticed an increased police presence in town, as Steamboat police executed a search warrant related to the fire.

“There are some suspicious things with this fire, so we are trying to get all the information we can,” Police Chief Cory Christensen said Friday.

He said the investigation was still in its early stages.

Early estimates were that the fire, at 2555 Copper Ridge Drive, caused more than $500,000 worth of damage at the building occupied by Vaussa, a company that does custom design, cabinetry and millwork.

According records at the Routt County Assessor’s Office, the building had a value of $959,630 in 2015. The building is owned by a limited liability company called BigNuttz.

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

The fire was reported at 1:56 a.m. and was concentrated in the center of the building, with damage to the interior and roof.

No neighboring properties were damaged, and no firefighters were injured while fighting the fire.

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

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