Fire destroys Rulison home |

Fire destroys Rulison home

Staff Report

A fire, believed to be caused by wood stove embers, destroyed a house in Rulison Thursday night. No one was injured, said Grand Valley Fire Protection District Chief David Blair.

Blair said firefighters were called to 1018 County Road 323 at 9:50 p.m. The house is owned by Bernie Herwick.

Blair said Herwick thought he heard a popping noise. On investigation, he saw reflections of the fire outside.

“Most likely, embers from the wood stove made it to the shake shingle roof,” Blair said.

Total damage to the house and contents was estimated at $250,000.

Blair said the house was moved to Rulison from Ashcroft in the 1940s, and remodeled in the 1980s.

A total of 22 Grand Valley firefighters responded to the fire. They left the scene at 11:45 p.m.

Rulison is a rural area located south of Interstate 70 between Rifle and Parachute.

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