ATV, pump house catch fire at Steamboat Lake State Park

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— Drinking water had to be trucked in for campers after a pump house caught fire Wednesday afternoon at Steamboat Lake State Park.

North Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bob Reilley said firefighters were paged at about 1:30 p.m. to a report of a vehicle fire. The vehicle on fire was an unattended Polaris Ranger all-terrain vehicle that is used by park staff. The fire then spread to a pump house near the Sunrise Vista campground along Routt County Road 129.

Reilley said he and six other firefighters responded to the fire, which destroyed the ATV valued at $8,000. The fire did not destroy the pump house, but there was about $20,000 in damage. Reilley said a pipe was damaged so water service to the park had to be shut down. He said park officials thought repairs on the water system could be done by Thursday.

It is unclear what caused the ATV to catch fire. Reilley said that a park employee had used it about an hour before and that the fire could have ignited because of a mechanical failure.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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