Charred remnants and concrete walls were about the only things remaining after an early morning fire destroyed a garage at 613 Oak St. in downtown Steamboat Springs. The garage was in the alley between Sixth and Seventh streets, behind Old Town Pub & Restaurant.

Photo by John F. Russell

Charred remnants and concrete walls were about the only things remaining after an early morning fire destroyed a garage at 613 Oak St. in downtown Steamboat Springs. The garage was in the alley between Sixth and Seventh streets, behind Old Town Pub & Restaurant.

Fire burns downtown garage

Officials don't know cause of blaze behind Oak Street home

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— A garage in downtown Steamboat Springs burned down early Wednesday. No one was hurt, and fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

The structure is on property at 613 Oak St. that Routt County owns and rents, county maintenance supervisor Albert Winograsky said. The resident of the home on the lot was out of town, Winograsky said.

The fire started just before 1 a.m., said Larry Schnackenberg, a Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue official who was on the scene taking photos of the damage.

"I think we got paged at roughly 12:50 (a.m. Wednesday)," Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble said. "A taxi driver noticed it, and it was fully involved. : That means it had burned through the garage doors and burned through the roof."

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue was the only fire agency needed, Struble said.

"The crew responded, put it out promptly, and no one was hurt," he said. Extinguishing the fire took about 10 minutes, he said, and firefighters had left the scene by about 2 a.m.

Only the stone and concrete walls of the garage were standing late Wednesday morning, and blackened rubble filled the interior. Fire officials and the county were awaiting insurance adjusters to determine the cost of the damage. The renter used the garage for storage, Winograsky said.

He would not give the name of the man who rents the property, and no one answered a knock on the door this morning. The garage sits on the alley between Sixth and Seventh streets, behind Old Town Pub & Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue.

The garage, which dated to the 1920s or '30s, was the only structure damaged, Winograsky said.

"There was one car parked in the driveway next to the building, and it received some damage from the heat," Struble said.

The county bought the lot in about 1996, Winograsky said. It also purchased the lot next door, at 629 Oak St.

"We were originally going to do the justice center there," he said. That structure was built off U.S. Highway 40 in west Steamboat instead.

The renter at 613 Oak St. lived on the property when Routt County bought it, Winograsky said.

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