Investigators look for clues in the rubble

JACKSON, WY — After an incredibly long day that started at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, Fire/EMS still doesn’t have an answer about what caused Café Genevieve to catch fire yesterday.

The investigative crew, which includes local Fire/EMS, the Wyoming Fire Marshal, and an arson dog named Sasha from Rawlins, wrapped things up at 7:30 last night.

“We’re all exhausted, “said Jackson Fire Marshal Kathy Clay.

Clay said she expects roughly four more hours of work in the morning. Even then, they might not have a definitive answer.

Sasha, Wyoming’s only arson dog, and her handler Stephanie Schofield came in from Rawlins, Wyoming.

The team is overturning every stone to rule out – or in – any possible cause. Fire Chief Brady Hansen said they’re being diligent, diligent doesn’t mean suspicious. They’re just doing the best they can to figure out what happened to one of Jackson’s most iconic historic buildings.

Yesterday was also a textbook example of Newton’s Law, or the idea that when it rains, it pours.

“Holy cow, it was a busy day at Fire/EMS,” Clay said. “I don’t really know what else to say except you’re stretching us pretty thin, Jackson.”

Fire/EMS responded to calls all around the county yesterday — an ATV accident near Granite, a car accident near Hoback, a vehicle-bicycle collision in town, a guy who’d fallen off a ladder… and then, of course, the Genevieve fire.

“We can’t follow it. There’s so much going on.”

Consider this a reminder to watch out for yourself and your safety. Town is crowded and we have a busy (and long) holiday weekend ahead of us.

Stay tuned for more updates on the fire.

Buckrail @ Shannon

Shannon is a Wyoming-raised writer and reporter. She just completed a master's in journalism from Boston University. Jackson shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write. She believes there's no story too small to tell nor adventure too small to take.