2420 Ski Trail Lane, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue (SSFR) was dispatched by Routt
County Communication (RCC) to 2420 Ski Trail Lane, Bear Claw II Condominiums (Bear Claw II), for the
report of a structure fire. SSFR responded with the on-duty crew of eight, staffing one fire engine and two
on-duty ambulances. The Deputy Fire Chief, responding from home, brought the ladder truck.
Immediately after the arrival of the first apparatus to the structure fire, SSFR was dispatched to Blue Sage
Drive for an ambulance request for an individual who fell down the stairs and sustained injuries. West
Routt Fire Protection District was paged to assist and to respond to the second call for service. The Blue
Sage Drive call was eventually handled by two additional SSFR personnel responding from home.
The structure fire was initially reported as a dryer fire that started on the 5th floor of the Bear Claw II which
is a six-story building housing approximately 65 units of varying sizes and is 56,000-square-feet.
Reporting parties inside the unit stated that flames were shooting out of the dryer and that the fire was
going up the stairs to the upper level unit.
As firefighters arrived on scene, a large diameter hose line was pulled up the interior stairwell to the 5th
floor which acted as a supply line. Upon quickly accessing the unit, firefighters experienced heavy hallway
smoke and flames coming from the fire unit into the hallway. Firefighters entered the condo and applied
water, extinguishing the majority of the fire.
SSFR then began to look for extension of the fire into the unit walls and ceilings as well as the
surrounding units. Smoke filled the 5th floor hallway and flowed to the 4th and 6th floors. Fans were used to
assist with smoke removal. After initial knockdown and fan placement, SSFR personnel were required to
change out oxygen bottles, and be cleared medically to re-enter the firefight.
All occupants of the building, approximately 25-30 people, were evacuated with the assistance of
Steamboat Springs Police. Occupants were temporarily displaced while Bear Claw management worked
to find alternative locations for those effected by the fire.
The fire is currently under investigation. SSFR would like to thank West Routt Fire Protection District,
Routt County Communications and Steamboat Springs Police for their assistance.


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