Fire destroys Oak Creek home


— South Routt firefighters fought a house fire for about four and a half hours early Wednesday but couldn't prevent an under-construction home from burning to the ground on Wenatchi Trail outside of Oak Creek.

The approximately 3,000-square-foot home about seven miles up Lynx Pass Road was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene, Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said.

"Our main goal at that point was just to protect the surrounding woodland and try to salvage the foundation for him, at least," Wisecup said.

Robert Dowling, a Routt County resident who has spent the past year and a half building the house, said the project was about 75 percent complete before the fire. Dowling is living in a camper on the lot, Wisecup said, and awoke Wednesday morning to find his project in flames.

"I was awoken at 4 a.m. with light coming through the window, and the house was fully engulfed," Dowling said. Dowling, who is from Ireland and has lived in Routt County for five years, planned to live in the house when it was complete. He estimated the value of the three-bedroom, three-bath home at between $300,000 and $350,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Wisecup said. Fourteen firefighters from Oak Creek and Yampa responded to the incident, but the closest source of water for extinguishing the blaze was about half a mile away, Wisecup said.

"There was nothing to save when we got there," he said. One of the first possible causes investigators will look at is a wood stove that had been warming the house Tuesday but appeared to be out by that evening, Wisecup said.

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colowoodsman 9 years ago

I think the "Pilot" is lost! If Wenatchi Trail is 7mis. up Lynx Pass Rd then it would be SOUTH of Stagecoach and no where near Oak Creek. What are you paying writers these days? I might need a second job.


Hmmm 9 years ago


FYI, Stagecoach homes are listed with Oak Creek addresses(residents have mailing addresses in Oak Creek, i.e. PO Boxes). The address for the home that burned is listed as Oak Creek, even though it is south of Stagecoach and that's why the Pilot prints that it was an Oak Creek home. Have you ever heard of a home around Stagecoach that has Stagecoach listed as the town/city (i.e. 123 Wenatchi Trail Stagecoach, CO)??????....doesn't happen because Stagecoach is not a town/city.


corduroy 9 years ago

yeah, we are not really Oak Creek, but not Steamboat either, so they decided to make Stagecoach in Oak Creek.. at least til we have a real town of our own.. Funny how Toponas has a zip code and post office and maybe 10% of the Stagecoach Population, if that.. I don't get it


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