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Sprinklers credited with preventing huge fire loss at Beaver Run Resort

Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE – Firefighters were summoned Sunday to two fires in Breckenridge, both of which could have caused extensive damage if the buildings weren’t equipped with sprinkler systems.

Red, White and Blue Fire Department public information officer Kim O’Brien said firefighters from that department and Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue responded to the report of a 3:30 a.m. fire in the second-floor laundry room in Building 3 at Beaver Run Resort.

Two Beaver Run security guards, Lori Richmond and James Willet, attempted to put out the fire with fire extinguishers, but they were driven back by steam generated when sprinkler water doused the flames.

Fire officials evacuated the fully occupied building.

Fire crews learned that a single sprinkler head had activated and extinguished the fire.

Paramedics with Summit County Ambulance transported two patients to Summit Medical Center in Frisco to be treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“This incident really demonstrates the value of fire sprinklers,” said Capt. Chris Scovil. “With a building of this size and the number of guests staying here, the potential for a large-scale incident was tremendous.”

O’Brien noted that buildings equipped with operating fire sprinkler systems extinguish 98 percent of fires.

Damage was limited to the laundry room and the fire panels downstairs, which were damaged by water.

Less than 12 hours later, Red, White and Blue firefighters were summoned to Plaza 1 at the Village at Breckenridge, where someone had tossed a burning log into the trash chute.

One sprinkler above the Dumpster extinguished that fire, which resulted in minimal damage.

“We need to stress that people need to be careful what they put down trash chutes,” O’Brien said.

People need to check that ashes and logs are cool to the touch before they place them in proper metal ash containers.

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


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