Cause of Carpet One fire in Glenwood Springs yet to be determined |

Cause of Carpet One fire in Glenwood Springs yet to be determined

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Investigators have yet to determine the origin of a fire that caused extensive damage to Carpet One of Glenwood Springs on South Glen Avenue early Tuesday morning.

“They are still looking at a couple of things which at this point still need some further review,” said Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper.

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department was called to the fire just before 5 a.m. Tuesday. A tandem axle utility trailer, used by the business to haul trash, was completely engulfed in flames.

Fire spread to part of the building near where the trailer was parked. The trailer was a complete loss, and the contents of the Carpet One facility suffered major smoke damage, according to the fire department, and the store’s owner, John Crump.

It took fire crews about five minutes to knock down the trailer fire, and another hour to extinguish flames in the exterior wall and ceiling of the building.

Piper indicated that investigators were trying to figure out if the fire started inside the trash trailer, or beneath it.

“We haven’t released any cause yet, and the investigation is ongoing,” Piper said.

Glenwood Springs Police are involved in the investigation to rule out any possibility of arson, according to Lt. Bill Kimminau. Insurance investigators are also looking into the cause of the fire, according to Piper and Kimminau.

“We just want to talk with people to make sure that it wasn’t intentionally set,” Kimminau said.

He said that at this point, the fire had not been ruled arson, but that it’s not been ruled out as a possibility either.

“It’s just normal procedure on a fire like that,” Kimminau said. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary.”

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