Unable to use import in .ts file

I’m trying to do the seemingly impossible…use .vue files in an MVC project.
I’m having trouble in my index.ts file. I have the following statement:

import about from '../components/about.vue';

about.vue definitely exists in the components directory off the root of my project. Index.ts is in the src folder off the root. I get the following error in the loader:

    TS2307: Cannot find module '../components/about.vue'.```

I'm at my wits end...I've tried many different paths and none seem to work. If I do Vue.component I can't use the about control on my page.