At approximately 1 a.m. today, crews from Vail Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Sandstone 70 condominiums located at 909 Red Sandstone Road in Vail. Upon arrival, crews found a well-established fire in the upper unit of a fourplex. The fire was quickly knocked down from the exterior and then with the assistance of Eagle River Fire Protection District Engine 5, crews confirmed that all of the occupants were out of the building while extinguishing the remainder of the fire inside the unit. The fire was contained to one unit; the surrounding units in the building had smoke damage. A total of 10 occupants were displaced. Crews remained on scene for several hours to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. There were no injuries reported.
According to Vail Battalion Chief Craig Davis, the fire could easily have resulted in a tragedy had neighbors not noticed the fire and alerted the occupants. Davis said this incident should serve as a reminder to have working smoke alarms throughout your residence and test them monthly.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Vail Fire & Emergency Services received assistance from the Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eagle County Paramedic Service, Vail Public Safety Communications Center and the Vail Police Department.