Fire threatens Craig apartment building early Monday morning |

Fire threatens Craig apartment building early Monday morning

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— A structure fire threatened to destroy a six-unit apartment building around 12:45 a.m. Monday at 727 Tucker St. in Craig, but a swift response from Craig Fire/Rescue and emergency personnel extinguished the fire before it could spread to other units.

A brief investigation determined the likely cause of the fire to be an unattended cigarette.

A total of 25 firefighters — nearly the entire department — responded to the 911 call and arrived to find flames pouring through the doorway of a second-floor unit. The flames had also burned their way into the attic space.

"The complex has a common attic space, so the fire was traveling west and east along that open space and was burning the roof from underneath," said Fire Chief and Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume.

The single occupant of the apartment was already outside, and the other five apartments were vacant due to ongoing renovations. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames and cleared the scene within about 90 minutes.

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The structure is uninhabitable, according to Hume, with damage concentrated in the front room of the apartment and an adjacent closet.

"We live in an amazing community and all the individuals that are a part of our emergency services and public safety teams certainly rally in times of need," Hume said. "Last night was another classic example."

Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, a Memorial Regional Health EMS crew and Yampa Valley Electric Association also responded to the scene.