Steamboat briefs: Cause of North Routt fire still under investigation |

Steamboat briefs: Cause of North Routt fire still under investigation

— Investigators still haven't determined the cause of a Dec. 19 fire that destroyed a North Routt log cabin.

Bob Reilley, North Routt Fire Protection District fire chief, said he's working with insurance investigators to determine whether the fire was accidental.

"It's still undetermined at this time," Reilley said.

North Routt, with Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders, was dispatched at 4:07 a.m. Dec. 19 to the home at 26659 Willow Gulch Drive.

By the time crews arrived, the home was engulfed in flames. No one was home at the time, and the fire didn't spread, Reilley has said.

He said the homeowner still does not want to be identified.

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A search of the address indicated the 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was on the market for $1.2 million.

Listing agent Christine PearĀ­son declined to provide any information about the house or homeowner.

The estimated loss from the fire was about $1 million, Reilley said.

According to the Routt County Assessor's Web site, the more than 3,100-square-foot home was built in 2000.

Children can pay library fines with food this year

During December, children can pay off their fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library while helping local families in need by participating in the library's annual Food for Fines Program. For every can of food kids bring into the library, the library will cancel $1 in overdue fines. There is no limit on the amount of fines that can be repaid through food donations. All food will be donated to the LIFT-UP Food Bank. This program is for children 17 years old and younger during December only. Visit for more information.

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