Cause of West Glenwood Springs house fires still undetermined |

Cause of West Glenwood Springs house fires still undetermined

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A cause to the fire that devastated the home of 22-year-old Pablo Fuentes at the Fireside Mobile Home Park in West Glenwood, and damaged another, has not yet been determined.

According to Glenwood Springs Fire Department Chief, Mike Piper, the fire at the Fuentes home was determined not to be arson or “intentional.”

“The damage was so extensive that I don’t think we will be able to determine a cause,” Piper said. “It’s not arson. We don’t believe it was intentional.”

Piper said that mobile homes often have electrical wiring that runs underneath the structures and depending on the age and maintenance on the home, old wires can sometimes start fires. However, he did say that faulty wiring had not been singled as the cause of this particular fire. Piper added that any number of things could have started the blaze.

According to Piper, the GSFD performs what he called a “cause and origin” investigation and were able to determine the origin to a part of Fuentes’ home, but were not too concerned with the cause because they had determined it to be unintentional.

“If it was something suspicious, we would have gotten someone in there,” Piper said.

Of the two homes damaged, Fuentes’ home, unit five, was totally destroyed. Fuentes’ father owns the home, however, he is currently living somewhere in Mexico and had no homeowners insurance. Since the fire was determined to have originated at that residence, Fuentes’ father is liable for any damages to the neighbors’ homes, unit four and unit six.

Attempts to contact Pablo Fuentes and the landlord of Fireside Mobile Home Park by the Post Independent were unsuccessful Friday. However, Piper said that he had asked Fuentes if they needed assistance, such as from the Red Cross for shelter or otherwise and that it was declined.

Fuentes’ neighbor, Jo Ann Watson, had sustained fire and smoke damage to her home and she also lost a dog and two birds in the blaze. Another of her dogs made it out safely.

A donation fund for Watson has been established at Bank of Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The bank has donated $500 to each of the families, but the donation fund is set up specifically for Watson, not the Fuentes family. For those who wish to donate to Watson, contact the Bank of Colorado at 945-7422.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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