AVON, Colorado - The Eagle River Fire Protection District had another busy night Tuesday as crews battled a structure fire at the Beaver Bench Condominiums in Avon one night after fighting a wildland fire near Red Cliff.
Crews responded to the two-story structure fire on West Beaver Creek Boulevard in Avon around 9:20 p.m. A building occupant called 911 and reported "cracking and heat through the walls."
A crew from the Avon station arrived on scene three minutes after the initial dispatch call, according to a statement from Eagle River Fire, and exterior smoke was visible upon arrival. Additional reports indicate one unit had a fire behind an electrical socket and another had fire in the chimney. Fire was also observed on the decks of multiple upper-floor units, and the fire had extended into the common attic space above several units.
"The fire had burned through portions of the soffit at that point," said Todd Marty, incident commander for Eagle River Fire. "It was beginning to spread horizontally along the roof's peak. Our Avon station was open, so we were able to respond quickly and knock this fire down."
The American Red Cross responded to the 12-unit building because the fire displaced several families, according to a statement from the Northern Colorado American Red Cross.
"A Red Cross Disaster Action Team is on site at the condo located on West Beaver Creek Boulevard providing emergency services like food, shelter, clothing and more to help those families displaced by the fire," according to the Red Cross statement. "In situations such as these, the Red Cross typically provides for essential immediate needs such as emergency housing, food, blankets, comfort kits, clothing and help refilling medications destroyed by the fire."
It took about 30 firefighters approximately 45 minutes to get the fire under control.
Marty said off-duty members of Eagle River Fire were also called, as well as mutual aid from across the valley, as Eagle River Fire's Edwards and Minturn stations were closed.
"In the event of any fire, we take every measure to save lives and property. The size and speed of this fire required additional response. Simple as that," said Marty.
The following agencies also responded: Vail Fire and Emergency Services, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Avon Police Department, Eagle County Ambulance District, Salvation Army, Eagle County Sheriff's Office, and Holy Cross Energy.
About 50 people were unable to return to their homes immediately following the fire. The Salvation Army coordinated housing for those who were displaced.
The Avon Police Department is currently investigating the cause of the fire.