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Old River Ridge restaurant damaged by structure fire

The former River Ridge restaurant suffered a minor fire Friday morning, April 26, 2019.
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One of Craig’s most scenic former restaurant venues suffered smoke and fire damage Friday, April 26.

According to Fire Chief KC Hume, Craig fire crews responded to the former River Ridge restaurant in the 28000 block of southbound Colorado Highway 13 just before the Yampa River crossing to find the building filled with smoke early Friday morning.

“You couldn’t see anything,” Hume said. “It was very smoky inside.”

Hume said the fire started in a small area of the basement and was extinguished moments after firefighters arrived. Although the building may have been vacant for some time before the fire, Hume said electricity was still on in the building.

“The damage was limited to the interior stairway and the transition from the basement to the main floor,” Hume said.

The restaurant once was a hotspot for dining in Craig and was known for its lobster and steak, offering Craig a fancier dining option.

Hume confirmed there were no injuries to residents or first responders and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Though it was once a fine, scenic place to eat atop a ridge overlooking the river, Hume said the once-thriving venue has fallen into disrepair.

“It’s a beautiful place, beautiful view. It overlooks the Yampa River,” Hume said. “It was a beautiful place at one time.”