Fire engulfs Matterhorn Inn in West Vail |

Fire engulfs Matterhorn Inn in West Vail

The fire at the Matterhorn Inn was reported early Saturday morning. Firefighters arrived within four minutes, but the building could not be saved.
Vail Fire Department | Special to the Daily |

VAIL — An early-morning fire in West Vail on Saturday has displaced residents from 11 homes.

Crews were dispatched to the Matterhorn Inn, located at 1552 Matterhorn Circle, at 5:20 a.m. and arrived four minutes later to find three of the single-story homes engulfed in flames.

The fire was under control within 25 minutes, and it was extinguished within an hour and a half. Four of the 11 units suffered extensive damage, and the building will be condemned and torn down, said Steve Pischke, interim Vail fire chief.


Police originally received a noise complaint from the Matterhorn Inn about loud noises and knocks on the wall at 5:12 a.m. While the caller was on the phone, she reported the fire eight minutes into the call, Vail officials said. The fire originated from the same unit that the noise was coming from, Pischke said.

Investigators believe that the structure fire originated from a wood-burning stove, which already had a fire going, said Vail Fire Marshal Mike Vaughan. It’s not yet clear exactly how the fire got out of the stove, but the fire is being considered accidental and not suspicious, Vaughan said.

One of the tenants was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center for medical evaluation. Police transported the tenant to Vail Valley Medical Center for evaluation related to the earlier disturbance, not the fire. Pischke said the woman was in an “impaired state.”

There were no other injuries, Pischke said.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are not on scene but were advised of the situation, and residents chose to make short-term arrangements on their own, Vail officials said.

Agencies involved in the response include Vail Fire and Emergency Services, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Vail Police, Town of Vail Building Division, Eagle County Paramedic Services and the Salvation Army. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is also assisting.

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