Dumpster fire leads to evacuation of Breckenridge condo complex
A large dumpster caught fire at a Breckenridge condominium complex on Sunday morning, damaging a gas meter pressure relief valve and temporarily spurring an evacuation.
At just before noon on Sunday, the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District responded to a call regarding a dumpster fire at the Sawmill Creek Condos in Breckenridge, according to chief Jim Keating. On arrival, the crew discovered the contents of the dumpster burning and pouring smoke from the south parking garage. The flames were quickly quelled, and there were no injuries.
Keating said that flames from the dumpster damaged a nearby gas meter pressure relief valve, which released natural gas into the garage area. Additionally, smoke traveled into some of the guest rooms above the garage. The building was evacuated for a couple hours while fire crews secured the gas line and monitored explosive air levels in guest rooms. A building manager was evaluated for smoke inhalation, but was not transported for further medical care.
Keating said there is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire, but noted that the condos have wood burning fireplaces and it’s possible a guest dropped ashes with hot coals into the dumpster.
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