Fire guts part of Frontier Motel in Granby
January 10, 2010
U.S. Highway 40 through west Granby was blocked for more than three hours Sunday morning as firefighters battled a blaze in the east building of the Frontier Motel.
A Colorado Department of Transportation plow truck driver noticed smoke coming from the structure at about 5:30 a.m. and called it in, Granby Police Chief Bill Housley said.
By about 8:30 a.m., the building was smoldering and firefighters were rolling up hoses and stowing other gear.
Firefighters from at least East Grand, Grand and Hot Sulphur Springs fire departments could be seen on scene.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation, which is standard procedure in fires, Housley said.
The one tenant known to have been occupying the building was not harmed, Housley said.
The structure was still standing Sunday morning, though the gable roof on the west end of it was flattened and icicles from the water applied to douse the flames clung to the eves.
The parking lot was covered with ice, and frozen spray from the fire hoses coated nearby objects.
The interior of many of the rooms appeared to be blackened as the doors stood open to the sub-zero morning air.
Authorities still had the highway blocked from just west of the scene to First Street on the east and were detouring the light Sunday morning traffic around Granby’s main street.
– This story will be updated as more details become available.