Steamboat firefighters extinguish fire at marijuana-growing facility |

Steamboat firefighters extinguish fire at marijuana-growing facility

— Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded to a fire at a marijuana-growing facility on Downhill Drive Saturday morning, and firefighters were able to suppress the blaze before it spread to adjacent units.

Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Mel Stewart said dispatch received a call at 8:55 a.m. that brown smoke was coming up from the eaves of a building at 2432 Downhill Drive.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at 9 a.m., they located the unit where the smoke was coming from and then forced the door open to enter the building, Stewart said.

Once inside, firefighters knocked down visible flames while searching the interior of the unit. When it became apparent the fire was spreading into the ceiling, firefighters cut a hole in the ceiling space to extinguish the remaining flames.

“Fortunately, we got called early enough,” Stewart said. “The fire was still in the stage of starting, and it had just started to get into the attic space when we got there.”

Smoke did get into some of the adjacent units but there was no indication of smoke damage, according to Stewart.

As of Saturday afternoon, the cause of the fire had not been determined.

Stewart said Fire Marshal Doug Shaffer and another investigator were on scene Saturday to conduct a fire investigation.

According to a news release issued by Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, damage to the unit was estimated at $20,000.

Stewart described the damage inside the unit where the fire broke out as “significant.”

“I would say the business that the building is being used for is not operational today,” Stewart said.

Steamboat Fire Rescue responded to the scene with one engine, one ladder truck, three ambulances and one command vehicle.

West Routt Fire Protection District also responded but returned to the station after Steamboat crews arrived on the scene and quickly had the fire under control.

No one was injured in the blaze.

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman

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