Steamboat Springs City officials are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a home in the Tree Haus subdivision Thursday morning.
No one was hurt and no people were inside the house at 36897 Treehouse Drive when the fire broke out at about 6:30 a.m. The 3,000-square-foot home is owned by Scott Rouda and is listed for sale for $879,000.
"There was no one living there at the property," Fire Marshal Jay Muhme said.
The cause of the blaze, which damaged the basement and first floor of the two-story home, has not yet been determined.
"Nothing yet," Muhme said.
More than a dozen firefighters, two trucks and an engine from the Steamboat Springs Fire Department responded to the fire before 7 a.m.
A neighbor noticed smoke coming from below the roofline and called police.
Firefighters put out the fire at about 8:15 a.m. Smoke posed more of a problem than flames, firefighter Paul Yonekawa said.
A column of smoke from the house was visible from U.S. Highway 40.
Fortunately, firefighters got to the scene began before many residents began leaving for work, he said. Police arrived in time to redirect traffic on the narrow road.
"The guys performed admirably," Yonekawa said. "There were a lot of potential hazards."
Part of the home's first floor caved in after the fire was extinguished.
Muhme expects the investigation by his fire prevention staff and insurance investigators will conclude Monday.
The exact amount of the loss is unknown. Rouda could not be reached for comment.