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Steamboat Briefs: Oak Creek board to talk about comprehensive plan

The Oak Creek Town Board is scheduled to consider final approval of the town's comprehensive plan at a meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Oak Creek Town Hall. The multiyear process to create the comprehensive plan and land use codes comes closer to a conclusion as the board holds the final hearing tonight on the plan. Town Board members also will consider a resolution to appoint election judges and an initiative to encourage local spending.

Wiring blamed for Monday house fire west of Milner

Fire officials found Wed­nesday afternoon that electrical wiring caused the blaze at a home west of Milner on Monday evening.

There were no injuries at the single-family home in the 20000 block of West U.S. Highway 40. Routt County Sheriff's Office investigator Mike Curzon said investigators from an insurance agency and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation found that wiring in the basement sparked the fire.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called at 8 p.m. to the 20000 block of West U.S. Highway 40. Luke Berlet's daughter reported smoke in the basement, and the family was able to get out safely, but the fire consumed about half the home. All of the home also had smoke damage, according to an incident report from the fire department.

The Routt County emergency manager and responders from the West Routt Fire Protection District, the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation and also responded to the fire. Because the nearest fire hydrant was six miles away, water tankers were brought to the scene to help. The fire was contained in about 45 minutes, but crews were on scene for more than five hours.

A fund to help the Berlet family has been set up in its name at Alpine Bank, 1901 Pine Grove Road in Steamboat Springs. Call the bank at 970-871-1901.

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Hagberg still hospitalized after being hit by car

Steamboat Springs resident William "Rick" Hagberg, the man struck by a car Friday, remains in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday.

Hagberg, 51, was hit while crossing U.S. Highway 40 at Walton Creek Road. The driver, Nancy G. Graves, 68, of Steamboat, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.

Police have said that Graves had a green light and that they don't think Hagberg had a signal informing him it was safe to cross the street.

Graves is scheduled to appear in Routt County District Court at 2 p.m. March 24.