Fire at the Center for Indepence Carbondale location contained to nonprofit’s office |

Fire at the Center for Indepence Carbondale location contained to nonprofit’s office

Carbondale firefighters work in an office at the Third Street Center early Wednesday after a fire was put down in one of the offices there.
Provided photo / Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District |

Damage from a fire that broke out in Carbondale’s Third Street Center for nonprofit organizations early Wednesday morning was kept to a single office where the fire originated, thanks to the building’s automatic sprinkler system, officials said.

According to the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, fire and police responded at 1:30 a.m. to the center at 520 S. Third Street to find smoke coming from a window on the east side of the building.

Sound alarms and flashing lights were going off, and a neighbor had already extinguished the fire prior to their arrival.

The fire broke out in the offices of the Center for Independence, and did not spread beyond that room, according to Deputy Carbondale Fire Chief Rob Goodwin. It is unknown when the office will be able to reopen.

“This fire reinforces the fact that fire sprinkler systems really do work,” Goodwin said. “Having a sprinkler system in place prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the Third Street Center and causing further damage.”

The fire remains under investigation by Carbondale Fire, the Carbondale Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

There were no injuries, and no loss amount has been determined.

The fire department responded with two fire trucks and 10 firefighters, and the police department had two police officers on the scene.

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