Fire destroys trailer in River Meadows |

Fire destroys trailer in River Meadows

Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Glenwood Springs firefighter Jason Grosse hoses down a few lingering flames after a home in River Meadows mobile-home park in Glenwood Springs was gutted by fire Monday afternoon.

A trailer home caught fire Monday in River Meadows near Veltus Park, destroying in minutes the trailer and a truck parked outside.News of the fire moved quickly through the mobile home park and the Hotel Colorado, where Carmen Ortiz, who lived in the trailer, works as housekeeper. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department received a report of a trailer with smoke coming out of the windows but no visible flame at 1:14 p.m., said Lt. Pete Bradshaw, who oversaw the firefighting effort. Firefighters arrived at 1:19 p.m. to heavy smoke and fire on the trailer’s attached porch.

They mounted an initial attack as the fire on the porch ignited a Ford pickup parked outside.The fire was considered controlled by 1:37 p.m. but by then the trailer had been destroyed. The cause of the fire is unknown, and officials are calling it non-suspicious.”The construction’s so lightweight (in trailers) it just fuels the fire,” said Bradshaw.As firefighters finished cleanup work on the remaining three walls of the blackened trailer, Ortiz sat on a small staircase just inside the door of a trailer across the street. Asked what she was going to do, she said: “I don’t know,” and covered her eyes with her hands. Ortiz had thought she and her family would stay on the floor of a friend’s trailer, but the Hotel Colorado has offered family members a place to stay until they get back on their feet, according to a press release from Larry MacDonald, general manager of the Hotel Colorado.

The trailer, its contents and the truck were a total loss, said Bradshaw, who estimated the damage at $140,000. Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 520rgraff@postindependent

Carmen Ortiz and her family lost everything in the fire that burned their home Monday. Ortiz has worked at the Hotel Colorado for many years, according to a press release from general manager Larry MacDonald. Ortiz finished paying for the trailer last year, but didn’t have any insurance, he wrote. The Hotel is collecting clothes, winter coats, school backpacks, games, books, garage sale items, pots, pans, toasters, phones, radios, and other items for the family.The family will live at the hotel until they can get back on their feet.

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