Cause of Old Town fire still unknown |

Cause of Old Town fire still unknown

Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

A fire broke out at a home at 1265 Park Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Crews from the Park City Fire District extinguished the blaze in two hours. No one was inside when the fire happened and the cause is being determined. (Photo courtesy of Grayson West)

No one was inside when a house fire broke out on Park Avenue midday Wednesday.

The Park City Fire District received a report at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Park Avenue was closed to traffic between 12th Street and 14th Street while crews fought the fire.

Battalion Chief Steve Zwirn said 17 firefighters battled four fires at the residence, located at 1265 Park Ave. near the Park City Library and Education Center. It took crews roughly 45 minutes to control the fire and two hours to extinguish the blaze, he said.

The property was being rented by a couple who reside in Florida, Zwirn said. Seven men had rented the house for a week and were out skiing when the fire broke out. They did not get back to the house until two hours after the blaze started, he added.

City Hall’s deputy fire marshal, Kurt Simister, is in charge of the investigation and said staff planned to review the information on Friday. A cause should be announced soon, he said. Zwirn said the fire caused about $150,000 in damage.