Steamboat Springs No one was injured in an early morning house fire that severely damaged a Steamboat II house Wednesday.
Fire crews were dispatched to the house in the 40500 block of Steamboat Drive, in the center of the Steamboat II subdivision, at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The house and garage were nearly fully engulfed when crews from Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue arrived, Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble said.
Flames from the single-story house leapt as far as 30 feet in the air, igniting trees in the yard.
Despite the size of blaze, the fire was extinguished quickly after fire crews arrived on scene. The fire caused heavy damage to the kitchen and living areas and smoke damage to the entire house, Struble said.
No one was home when the fire broke out - both occupants were at work, he said.
"We were getting some valuables out," Struble said. "The dogs were outside, so they were very fortunate in that regard."
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and the Routt County Sheriff's Office are jointly investigating the fire.