Country Mall Burns |

Country Mall Burns

Craig Rural Fire Protection District and West Routt County Fire respond to call

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Jerry Raehal

— Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols is calling the County Mall “a total loss” after a fire started at the Fourth and Ranney Street location Sunday night.

“It’s one of the bigger fires we’ve been on since the downtown fire that we went on back in the 70s,” Nichols said.

No one was injured. Nichols reported Monday afternoon that the investigation as to what caused the fire will likely not be complete until Tuesday.

Twelve offices are located inside the building, including Horizons Specialized Services, the Pregnancy Center, the Parole Office, a vet’s clinic, some hair salons, among others.

No pets were reported to be in the vet clinic.

Craig Fire/Rescue was paged to the scene a little after 10 p.m., with West Routt County arriving later on a mutual aid call.

“When we arrived, the back one-third of the building was fully evolved,” Nichols said. “It got up into the attic area and ran the whole length of the building.”

At around 1 a.m., firefighters temporarily backed away from the fire to let the east side of the building burn out. Firefighters on scene said the fire was largely burned out by 4 a.m. The fire rekindled off and on throughout Monday. Firefighters are expected to clear the scene Monday evening, with Craig Police Department officers monitoring for fires overnight.

Check for updates as they become available. See Tuesday’s paper for full story.

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