Condominium fire in Avon forces early Monday evacuation
Approximately 11 residents — nine adults and two children — remain displaced after the fire damaged six units in the complex
Crews from eight fire departments arrived on scene Monday morning when a structure fire sparked at Liftview Condominiums in Avon. The fire forced an evacuation of approximately 30 condominiums, six of which residents cannot return to as of Monday afternoon.
The fire started at 1:48 a.m and was concentrated in the center of the complex’s D building, which was evacuated by the first crews to arrive on the scene. The fire was contained to the building, and there were no reported injuries.
Nearly 30 firefighters from eight fire companies arrived on the scene, responding to the blaze. It included crews from, primarily, the Eagle River Fire Protection District with support from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Vail Fire and Emergency Services and others. These crews were able to extinguish most of the fire by 3:30 a.m., according to Elizabeth Wood, the town of Avon’s communications and marketing manager.
The firefighters remained on scene, however, to ensure there was no fire in the attic space and check the roof, she said.
Additionally, the Avon Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Avon Transit, Eagle County Paramedic Services and Vail Public Safety Communications Center were on scene Monday morning.
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While most evacuated residents could return to their homes around 5 a.m., residents of six units remain displaced by the fire: an estimated nine adults and two children, Wood said. The final number of displaced residents relies on interviews with the local Red Cross and Salvation Army on Monday afternoon.
Two of the units are significantly “damaged and irreparable,” Wood said, and will need to be completely refurbished.
Of the remaining four units that were damaged, one had “advanced damage,” and three had primarily water and smoke damage based on the initial investigation, Wood said.
“Firefighters were on the roof and cut holes in the walls and roof to ensure the fire was extinguished. Some of the damage is the result of that work and as a result, some of the units don’t have roofs. The Town of Avon building inspector checked all six units this morning and none of them are inhabitable at this point,” she said.
In the early morning, Avon Transit provided a bus to keep displaced residents warm, and the Salvation Army was on scene with beverages and food.
Displaced residents of the six damaged units were taken to a motel in Avon at around 5 a.m. The town of Avon, the local Red Cross and the Salvation Army will be working on providing long-term accommodations for the displaced families.
Specific needs for the displaced residents remain unknown, Wood said.
“The Town of Avon is working with Salvation Army and Red Cross to establish their needs and we hope to know more tomorrow about each unit’s specific needs,” she said. “The (Habitat) ReStore and Thrifty stores are great community partners and have already reached out about providing clothing and furniture. We will know more about specific needs soon.”
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Avon Police Department with the assistance of a fire investigation team from Greater Eagle Fire, Gypsum Fire, Vail Fire, Eagle River Fire Protection District and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.