At approximately 8:30 a.m., Engine 12 responded to a commercial fire alarm in the 100 block of Edwards Village Blvd. On arrival, heavy smoke was visible, coming from between two first floor units. The call was upgraded to a first alarm, and additional resources were requested. Crews determined the fire was located in the wall between a gift shop and an adjacent restaurant, and immediately began an offensive attack. Within 20 minutes, they had the fire under control and the loss stopped.
Minor damage was sustained in both the restaurant and the gift shop; however, it was contained to the area of origin and no injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation.
“The key here was early detection,” explained Community Risk Manager, Tracy LeClair. “The smoke alarm system did what it was designed to do, and all occupants were able to get out quickly and safely.”
Property loss was also minimized by the quick response from the first-due engine company, which is housed out of the Edwards Station, just a block away.
Engine 12, Engine 7, Tower 15, Engine 11 and Battalion 7 responded, and were assisted by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Public Safety Communications Center.