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Fire destroyed a Big Cottonwood Canyon cabin after ice and snow delayed firefighters in reaching it.

Shortly after the cabin owner started a fire in the fireplace Saturday night, he heard crackling inside the walls, said Unified Fire Authority spokesman Dave Ulibarri. He extinguished the fire, but the crackling sound continued — and soon, smoke started filling the cabin.

Firefighters were called out about 10 p.m., but found that their fire engine — even with chains — could not make the climb up the ice and snow-packed road to the cabin, near the Spruces Campground. UFA was forced to shuttle the firefighters on four-wheelers.

"Meanwhile, the cabin went up in flames," Ulibarri said.

There were no injuries, but the cabin was completely destroyed. Fire investigators estimate the loss at $250,000.

No one was hurt, though, Ulibarri said.

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