Fire snarls school traffic in Edwards on Thursday

EDWARDS — A Thursday afternoon structure fire near the Fox Hollow townhomes was a big one, but no injuries were reported. The blaze closed U.S. Highway 6 for a time.

The fire started in a detached two-car garage between the Eagle River Village mobile home park and Fox Hollow. There were four cars inside, all of which had gasoline in their tanks. Gail McFarland, of the Eagle River Fire Protection District, said the garage and all four vehicles were destroyed in the blaze, and several homes were damaged.

“It was a fully involved structure fire,” McFarland said. That’s firefighter-speak for “a big, potentially dangerous mess.”

The fire — which was reported just before 2:45 p.m. Thursday took a bit less than an hour to contain. But since the fire spread from the garage to a trailer full of tires, the blaze required help from the Vail Fire Department and the Eagle-based Greater Eagle Fire Protection District. People from Holy Cross Energy and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

The blaze also kept school buses parked safely at Edwards’ two elementary schools until the all-clear was sounded.

Eagle County School District spokesman Dan Dougherty said keeping the buses parked created a chain reaction for middle and high school students, since the same buses run multiple routes.

Dougherty said the district was able to contact most parents of students in that part of the valley to inform them about the delays. Many parents were able to pick up their children.

Early reports indicated that three families were displaced by the fire. Tsu Wolin Brown, of the Vail Valley Salvation Army, said Tuesday that the Salvation Army is helping the families with food and lodging.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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The VailDaily Updated May 8, 2014 09:14PM Published May 9, 2014 08:01PM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.