Repairs underway after arson fire damage to Rifle liquor store
Citizen Telegram Editor
While Rocky Mountain Liquors is closed for repairs to the store’s entrance after an October arson fire, the criminal investigation continues.
Store owner Linda Trujillo said the building’s owner hired a contractor to oversee repairs to damage caused by the fire, set in the early morning hours of Oct. 21, 2013, at the store’s entrance.
“I’m hoping we can reopen in time for my birthday in early February,” Trujillo said in a Friday, Jan. 3, interview.
Trujillo, who has operated the business at 1375 Railroad Ave. for 20 years, said she had not recently heard from police investigators, adding a computer hard drive with video images from the day of the fire was being analyzed a few months ago. Police Chief John Dyer said a few months ago that test results from evidence taken from the fire scene was being analyzed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Lt. J.R. Boulton said in a Monday, Jan. 6, email that all evidence was still waiting evaluation and testing.
Trujillo said she looked forward to getting back to work.
“We have a great location and great customers,” she stated. “All of them have been extremely patient and everywhere I go, people ask when we’re going to open again. I’m anxious to get back. My hobbies are work and people, so I’m going a little nuts with nothing to do.”
Trujillo said all six of her employees told her they plan to return when the store reopens.
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