Jun 9, 2011 10:56 PM by Andy Koen

Governor worries about job losses from Alamosa fire

Governor John Hickenlooper says he worries about the people who have lost their jobs, even if temporarily, because of the massive fire that scorched 4 businesses in downtown Alamosa Wednesday night.

The governor was visiting the San Luis Valley on a bill signing tour when the fire started.

"I think that's the challenge that's why when you lose businesses like this, it hits Alamosa a lot harder than Colorado Springs or Ft. Collins," Hickenlooper said.

The fire started at about 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night inside the VIP Salon and Spa. David Nails says he smelled smoke and went to check a back room. There he saw flames coming from the water heater and burning the wood paneling.

"We just opened back in April and it was a booming business and we put a lot of money and hard work into this place and now it's gone," Nails said.

He says there were customers inside at the time, but everyone got out safely. One firefighter was hurt when his feet got tangled in a ladder, but there were no serious injuries.

Deputy Fire Chief Tony Bobicki says the rubber roof made it difficult to get water through to keep the flames from spreading.

"We couldn't penetrate the roof and that's what took us forever to do. Once it broke through the roof that's when it just started to run," Bobicki said.

Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations are now helping with the case. The exact cause of the fire remains unknown.

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