A suspected arson fire caused considerable damage to the front entrance of Rocky Mountain Liquors, 1735 Railroad Ave., early Monday morning, Oct. 21, according to Rifle police.
Store owner Linda Trujillo said Wednesday, Oct. 23, that the store is open sporadically, but usually from 3 to 7 p.m. Customers must use the back door, since the front door is boarded up.
“The police have been working very diligently on it,” she said.
Police Chief John Dyer said officers responded to an alarm triggered by broken glass at 2:49 a.m. and found the front of the store fully involved in fire. Fire crews from Colorado River Fire Rescue responded and quickly extinguished the blaze before it could spread beyond the doorway entrance. No injuries occurred.
“Gas cans were present, so the fire is being investigated as an arson,” Dyer wrote in an email to The Citizen Telegram.
Along with a police detective and Colorado River Fire Rescue arson investigator, the fire is being investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
As of Wednesday, Oct. 23, no suspects had been identified, Dyer later wrote, but leads are being followed.
Trujillo said she had not had a damage estimate, but added “my loss was minimal. It’s just all the clean up.”
And Trujillo said she has no idea who might have started her business on fire.
“I was out of town when it happened,” she added.
Trujillo also said she had not recently dismissed any workers who might have had a grudge.
“All my employees have been with me for years,” she added.
Trujillo noted that she will have operated Rocky Mountain Liquors for 20 years on Nov. 1.
“Happy anniversary to me,” she said.
Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call (970) 665-6500.