House catches fire in Dakota Ridge


Firefighters worked for nearly three hours Tuesday night to extinguish a house fire in Dakota Ridge.

The home, at 31640 Aspen Ridge Road, sustained heavy smoke damage, and its owner, Don McDonald, was taken by ambulance to the hospital with chest pains.

McDonald called 911 at 10:22 p.m. after he smelled smoke in the house, Steamboat Springs Fire Inspector Scott Andre said. The Steamboat Springs Fire Department arrived eight minutes later, and firefighters could see smoke coming from the house, he said.

The bulk of the fire was confined to a single room in the basement, which also appears to be where the fire started, Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble said.

According to initial reports, McDonald told Dispatch that he had a history of heart problems and was feeling chest pains. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, and McDonald was taken by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was in the hospital in good condition.

Smoke and heat from the fire damaged most of the house, and firefighters did not leave until about 1:15 a.m., Andre said.

"There was heavy smoke damage to the house, and I would doubt it's now inhabitable," Struble said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Investigators have not seen anything suspicious, Struble said.

"The fire department, sheriff's office and insurance company are conducting a concurrent investigation into it," Andre said.

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