Fire extinguished at Carbondale strip mall |

Fire extinguished at Carbondale strip mall

Will Grandbois
Post Independent
Carbondale Fire crews assess the damage of a roof fire in a strip mall on Highway 133 in Carbondale on Sunday.
Will Grandbois / Post Independent | Post Independent

As smoke from a controlled burn on Basalt Mountain filled the midvalley sky on Sunday afternoon, Carbondale crews were dispatched to a fire of a different sort.

Two engines and a host of support vehicles arrived at a small strip mall at 524 Highway 133 to find smoke billowing from the roof. They were quickly able to extinguish the flames from above and contain the coals.

There were occupants in the strip mall at the time of the fire, but no one was injured in the incident. The building itself is largely intact, although the full extent of the damage has not yet been determined.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be accidental, according to a press release from Carbondale Fire.  

“This could have been a terrible fire,” said Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin. “These are very dangerous roofs. There’s kind of an open truss space where fire can run.”

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