November 30, 2011
A notice at the Craig Motel, 894 Yampa Ave., warns that it’s unfit for occupancy. Nearly half of the motel’s rooms were destroyed during an October 2009 fire that was caused by a faulty wall-mounted heater.
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Owner Qi Lin Wu: Insurance coverage insufficient to renovate
It’s been more than two years since a faulty wall-mounted heater sparked a blaze in room 11 of the Craig Motel, sparking a fire that destroyed almost half of the site. Since the Oct. 21, 2009, fire, little has been done to the property at 894 Yampa Ave. Dave Costa, Craig city director of community development, said the city has been patient with the motel owner, Qi Lin Wu, because it was believed he intended to rehab the property. “We’re affording the gentleman some time to seek some financing to rehabilitate the motel,” Costa said. “Based on the economic hard times, he has had a little difficulty with his insurance coverage and collecting on the fire damage.