At approximately 2:05 a.m. on Monday morning, Lake Dillon Fire was paged to a structure fire in a three-story Dillon Valley West Condominium complex on Straight Creek Drive in Dillon Valley. Crews arrived to find flame emanating from a ground-floor unit near the outside porch. Two engines and one ladder truck with 14 firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which occurred in an unoccupied unit. Law enforcement assisted in evacuating a portion of the structure while suppression efforts were underway.
Crews utilized a “blitz” attack, which involved pulling a quick-deployment hand line from the engine and using the water carried on board the engine to extinguish the fire quickly. Occupants were allowed back into their apartments after two hours. According to Deputy Chief Jeff Berino: “The quick actions of the first arriving engine limited damages to just under $3,000.
In addition, Berino says that this fire was set intentionally and has been ruled an arson. Berino and fellow LDFR fire investigator Assistant Chief Kelly Greene are following several leads. Anyone with any information on the fire is requested to call either the fire department or the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.