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The Carbondale Fire Department responded to the report of a “fully engaged” structure fire at 4:12 a.m. Monday morning.The fire was at 966 Main St. in Carbondale, and was a two-story structure with a full basement. The house contained at least two apartments with numerous bedrooms and occupants, according to a report from the Carbondale Fire Department.Eighteen firefighters responded with four engines and one ambulance. Firefighters assisted the remaining occupants out of the structure, and the local chapter of the Red Cross provided further assistance to the evacuees. The building was searched for additional occupants and none were found.Due to the spread of fire throughout the upper level of the structure, it took the fire crews more than two hours to expose and extinguish all portions of the building that were involved in the fire.No one was injured.

The Hot Springs Lodge & Pool has contributed $100,000 to help fund a new heart and vascular center as part of a long-term partnership with Valley View Hospital. This donation is instrumental in the development of this important addition to the expanding health care facility. Because heart disease is the number one cause of death nationally, as well as in Colorado, Valley View Hospital recognized the urgency of adding a specialized cardiac unit in the Roaring Fork Valley. Having access to treatment within 90 minutes after the onset of a heart attack or stroke dramatically increases the patient’s chance for survival. To accommodate this need, the new center will have state-of-the-art equipment including cardiac catheterization labs, a 10-bed critical care unit, a cardiac/vascular rehabilitation unit and a heli-pad for emergency transport of patients. “The Hot Springs Lodge & Pool is one of our most enthusiastic supporters and we are ecstatic about expanding our relationship with them. This gift is crucial to completing the new Heart and Vascular Center,” said Frank McSwain, Valley View Hospital Foundation executive director. The Hot Springs Lodge & Pool has historically promoted health and wellness through its hot mineral waters and fitness facilities but this donation takes their commitment one step further. “Our corporate mission is caring for and supporting our guests, personnel and community while enhancing the well-being of all,” said Kjell Mitchell, Hot Springs Lodge & Pool COO and general manager. The Hot Springs Lodge & Pool is particularly interested in supporting the heart health and prevention component and intends to work together with the Valley View Hospital to continuously facilitate seminars and wellness programs. Valley View Hospital and the Hot Springs Pool have partnered on other ventures over the years, such as a satellite physical therapy office that operates in the Hot Springs administrative building. They have also worked together to introduce a new physician’s speaker series. The next topic will be prostate cancer on Sept. 28 at the Hot Springs Lodge.


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