Fire forces evacuation of Copper condo complex |

Fire forces evacuation of Copper condo complex

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Truck 2 firefighters Brian Rohledor and Laura Duarte pried off part of the roof of the Copper Valley lodge at Copper Mountain Wednesday morning. Reports of flames and smoke drew Lake Dillon units from Frisco and Silverthorne to assist Copper Mountain's fire department. Heat tape above balconies was suspected in the fire.

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Fire investigators believe an electrical problem is to blame in a Wednesday morning fire at the Copper Valley condominiums at Copper Mountain Resort.

No one was injured and the three-story building comprised of condominium units and a marketing department sustained little damage.

Between 20 and 30 people, most of whom were employees, were evacuated from the building after a smoke detector went off, said property manager Amanda Richmond. It might have been a different story had the resort been in full swing for the ski season.

“We were lucky,” she said. “The building was pretty empty at the moment.”

Copper Mountain Fire Department Chief Scott Randolph said he believes the fire started in the rafters at the east end of the building.

“As soon as we hit the electricity (shut it off), we had a definite decrease in fire,” he said. “We had a little flame – real little – and a little smoke.”

About 20 firefighters from his department and a crew from the Frisco station of the the Lake Dillon Fire Department extinguished the fire and pried off a corner of the metal roof to ensure the fire hadn’t spread into the rafters. Damage was limited to about three feet of the roof line.

The Copper Valley fire was the second fire to which Lake Dillon fire personnel responded in two days. About 40 firefighters from the Lake Dillon and Red, White and Blue Fire departments extinguished a fire at a fourplex at 310 Creekside Drive in Frisco early Tuesday morning. All four units were ruined in that blaze, which took about four hours to extinguish.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or

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