Steamboat Safeway evacuated because of smoke |

Steamboat Safeway evacuated because of smoke

Employees and customers stand outside of Safeway on Tuesday. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded to fire alarms at 11:38 a.m. after a generator began smoking. The building was evacuated.
John F. Russell

— A backup power generator overheated and started smoking at the Safeway in Steamboat Springs late this morning, Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Ron Lindroth said.

The generator had been leaking oil and seized up when it kicked on, he said. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call at about 11:40 a.m. Safeway management already had evacuated the building, Lindroth said. No one was injured, and fire officials estimated the property loss at $500.

According to a news release from Fire Rescue, “The generator was shut down and smoke was removed from the loading area with the use of ventilation fans. Damage was limited to the generator, with no fire damage occurring. No smoke entered the retail space of the store. The Routt County Health Department was notified and responded as a precautionary measure to ensure public health with consumable food items.”

People were allowed to re-enter the building shortly after noon.

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