West Vail fire deemed ‘suspicious’
VAIL – A Thursday fire at a townhome in West Vail is being investigated as possible arson.
The fire on Garmisch Drive – which the Vail Fire Department originally reported as being on Arosa – damaged the outside of one of the four units in the complex. All the townhomes suffered smoke damage in the fire. No one was injured, and only two of the units were occupied at the time of the fire.
Vail Fire Marshal Mike Vaughan said fire investigators were soon joined by Vail police and officers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. State investigators brought a dog to try to detect possible fire accelerants.
Vaughan said samples have been collected and sent to Denver. The investigation is still active, he said.
While fire crews were at the scene a few minutes after the 911 call, Mike Kloser, who lives nearby, was using a garden hose on the fire when the first trucks arrived.
“We don’t encourage that sort of thing,” Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller said. “But we’re going to recognize Mike for his actions, probably at a Town Council meeting soon.”
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