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Holidays delay estimate of fire damage

by Scott Murphy, Staff Writer

A decision on whether to level the remainder of the Carson Valley Motor Lodge or rebuild the damaged structure will wait after the New Year’s holiday.

Carson Valley Inn’s Director of Sales and Marketing Bill Henderson said Thursday a decision is being partly delayed because of the upcoming holiday season.

Using architects, contractors, insurance adjusters, insurance appraisers and structural engineers, a decision will be made after the new year begins, Henderson said.

“We’re attacking this from five fronts,” he said. No total estimate on monetary damage has been determined.

“But, we hope as soon as possible to have a plan to present to the county’s building department so we can do the demolition and do the construction,” he said.

The 76-room motel’s second floor was gutted by a Dec. 11 fire. The lodge is located north of the Carson Valley hotel-casino building, which was not affected.

More than 70 firefighters battled the nine-hour fire, which caused the building’s roof to collapse about two hours after it began.

The fire was started accidentally by welders working near an internal plumbing chase. A soldering iron either sparked a plastic pipe or paper attached to insulation in the building’s interior.

The workers tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire before calling firefighters.

The process of determining what CVI will do next takes time, Henderson said.

“We’re not displeased,” he added. “It’s never fast enough for what you want, but we’re not complaining.”

Also, Henderson said the CVI staff has a new appreciation for how much having the motor lodge contributed to the business.

He said about 1,000 room nights have had to be re-scheduled since the fire.

“We’re anxious to get moving,” he said.