Fire sends one to hospital

One condo destroyed, three others damaged by smoke

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A fire that broke out in a condominium on Ski Trail Lane sent one person to the hospital Friday afternoon.

A cleaning woman, who was inside the condo at 2320 Ski Trail Lane when the fire started, was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for minor smoke inhalation.

The fire started at about 3 p.m. It destroyed a three-bedroom condo and caused smoke damage to three other units, Steamboat Springs Fire Marshall Jay Muhme said.

Witnesses told police the cleaning woman was working inside the condo when she saw flames coming out of a couch. The woman told police she tried to extinguish the flames, but as the smoke increased, she had to leave the building.

Muhme said that as far as he knows, only one person was in the unit when the fire started. The unit is part of Ski Trail Condominiums and was being managed by Colorado Resort Services. No one was staying at the unit at the time of the fire.

EMS Battalion Chief Mel Stewart of the Steamboat Springs Fire Department said that when the fire was reported, firefighters were told it mainly involved smoke.

When firefighters arrived, Stewart said flames were coming out of the unit's downstairs windows.

An engine and a ladder truck were brought to the scene, and it took about five minutes to extinguish the fire, Stewart said. Firefighters continued to work Friday afternoon to clean and seal off the burned area so investigators could examine it.

Along with destroying the unit where it originated, the fire caused smoke damage in nearby units and water damage in the upper units, Stewart said.

The fire moved up to a second-story window above the unit, but no fire damage occurred.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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