Fire smokes out Frisco retreat |

Fire smokes out Frisco retreat

FRISCO – A fire Tuesday at Mar Dei’s Retreat in Frisco is going to pose problems for Fourth of July reservations, but a co-owner is looking at the positive side.

Amy Wolach was at her home four blocks away from the 4th Avenue rental retreat when neighbors called shortly after 2 p.m. to tell her the building was on fire. Plumbers were replacing a faucet, Wolach. Apparently, she said, soldering ignited dryer lint, insulation and other materials in a crawlspace.

As Wolach watched from the street, Red, White and Blue and Lake Dillon firefighters doused the fire, sending thick smoke throughout the rooms and out the windows and front door. At one point, flames erupted through the building’s front wall, and firefighters took a chainsaw to the wood siding before putting the hose to it. Wolach calmly watched. Then firefighters brought the retreat’s laundry dryer out the front door.

“That’s actually really good,” Wolach said. “I had to take that to recycling today, and I was going to have to call someone to move it for me.”

Wolach found more to the silver lining. A guest had just checked out and the place was dirty, she said. The retreat takes about 15 hours to clean after guests leave.

“If we had already cleaned it, I would have been really ticked off,” Wolach said.

Within 40 minutes, firefighters had the fire under control. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Chief Francis Winston said firefighters would stay on the scene to make sure fire hadn’t spread to other walls and crawlspace areas.

“That’s always the danger with a fire like this,” Winston said. “You think you have it under control, and then it pops up someplace. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

In Frisco and elsewhere throughout the county Tuesday, emergency response personnel had their hands full with other calls. Police responded to two suicidal parties, one in Dillon Valley and one in Frisco, the latter requiring the help of Summit County’s SWAT team (see related story, page A5). Search and Rescue responded to a call on the Flume Trail in Breckenridge. A power outage hit Dillon and Silverthorne. Paramedics aided a man who cut his arm to the bone in Silverthorne, as well as a car crash victim.

Welcome to holidays in Summit County.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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