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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.