Cause of Rifle Creek mobile home fire still undetermined
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
RIFLE, Colorado – Local fire officials are still investigating a fire that destroyed a mobile home near the Rifle Creek Golf Course last Friday.
In the meantime, friends of one man made homeless by the fire, Rifle Creek golf pro Kyle Daniell, are collecting donations to help him make it through the winter.
“It’s pretty much a total loss,” said Rifle Fire Chief Mike Morgan of the mobile home, located at 3063 State Highway 325 north of Rifle.
The fire was reported at 3:17 p.m., and no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Daniell was sharing the rented mobile home with a roommate, Wes Cherry. No one was at home at the time of the fire, according to Fire Marshall Kevin Whelan, who is investigating the incident.
“The cause is still undetermined,” Whelan said of the fire on Monday.
Daniell, who is 26 and originally from Idaho, has lived in the area approximately one year, according to a friend, Mark Fergen.
Fergen, who owns the Mountain Air Mechanical business in Rifle, said Daniell lived in Fergen’s home for eight months after moving to Rifle, and moved into the trailer relatively recently.
Fergen said he is spearheading an effort to collect gear and funds for Daniell, explaining, “We are trying to do everything we can to get this boy taken care of.”
Fergen, who lives near the trailer site, said it was sheer luck that Daniell was not at home when the fire started.
“He’d just gone out to get a haircut,” said Fergen, who was target shooting in the area and witnessed the fire as it gained strength.
“I don’t know where Wes was, but he wasn’t home, either,” Fergen added.
A special account has been set up at Alpine Bank in Rifle to collect donations, Fergen said. Anyone interested in donating can contact Joy Wentzel or Karrie Fletcher at the bank.
In addition, Fergen said, he is collecting whatever else people can donate on Daniell’s behalf.
“He has nothing. No dishes, no silverware, no clothes, nothing. He lost everything in the fire,” Fergen said. “I don’t want to minimize Wes’ situation, but at least Wes has people nearby he can rely on to help him out. But imagine being that young and so far from anyone, family or someone else who might help you out.”
He said anyone wishing to donate goods can drop them off at Mountain Air Mechanical, 601 W. Second St., Rifle, 625-4352.
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