Unoccupied North Routt cabin destroyed in fire

No injuries reported in Tuesday morning blaze at Elk River Guest Ranch

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— A cabin at the Elk River Guest Ranch, built in the early 1900s, burned down Tuesday morning. The cabin was unoccupied, and nobody was injured.

Ranch owner Bill Hinder said he noticed the cabin full of smoke early Tuesday morning.

"The building was full of smoke, and I attempted to go in, but it was just a wall of smoke," he said. The Elk River Guest Ranch is in North Routt County, at 29840 Routt County Road 64, also known as Seedhouse Road.

North Routt Fire Protection District and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded to the call and contained the fire after about three hours, North Routt Fire Protection Chief Bob Reilley said.

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies also responded, and Routt County Emergency Management provided an air compressor to refill the firefighter's air tanks, Reilley said. Ten responders from North Routt and five responders from Steamboat Springs responded to the call.

Crews took about 5 1/2 hours to completely extinguish the fire. Reilley said the fire was especially difficult to put out because renovations had created places where the fire could not be easily reached.

"It was a very stubborn fire because of the building construction more than anything else. We had the interior walls inside of a wall cabin, creating hidden spaces that were holding fire on us," he said.

Reilley said he does not know the cause of the fire but that he will be working with Steamboat Springs fire marshals and the insurance company to determine the source.

Hinder said the cabin likely was built between 1902 and 1912 but was renovated in the 1940s. The kitchen area of the stove contained an electric stove and other electrical equipment, but Hinder said he did not know what caused the fire.

Hinder complimented the fire responders and said they did an "excellent job." The fire did not spread to any other areas of the ranch, and no other buildings were threatened.

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