Firefighters from Dubois and Crowheart ventilated the roof of the burning structure, where numerous remodels that produced layers of material made the fight difficult. (June Bonasera photo) 

(Dubois, Wyo.) – A residential structure at the Chinook Winds Motel in East Dubois sustained heavy damage in a fire that was reported Monday at 2:27 p.m. Dubois Fire Chief Mike Franchini said  the first units on the scene reported heavy fire involvement at the south end of a single family log frame structure. The property at 640 South 1st Street was being rented.

Responding units deployed attack lines at the interior of the building, which had fire extension throughout the walls and ceiling. Due to heavy smoke conditions, crews ventilated the building on the roof. Franchini said fire damage was extensive in the bedroom and bathroom areas of the wood cabin. Personal items were a total loss in those areas, with smoke and heat damage sustained throughout the building.   “Due to several re-models in the building, firefighting was made difficult,” he said.

A total of three engines, a rescue truck and two mutual aid engines from the Fremont County Fire District Battalion in Crowheart responded to the fire and cleared the scene at 6:10 p.m.

The fire is under investigation by the Fremont County Fire District and according to Franchini, “It does not appear to be malicious in nature”.