Official cause of home fire not yet determined
A heating system problem caused the Dec. 23 fire at the Durrett family home, said Stacie Durrett. Durrett said she wasn’t sure of the details, but that investigators working on behalf of Glenwood Insurance Agency told her husband, Ashton, the heating system was to blame.The Glenwood Springs Fire Department has determined that the fire started in the northwest corner of the house in a kitchen wall, but has not determined a cause, said Ron Biggers, fire protection analyst for Glenwood Fire. “There probably won’t be a final determination, if there is one, until the structure can be torn down,” he said, when the investigation can be done in a safer manner. Investigating the fire has been difficult because of recent weather and because of damage to the structure by the fire and the firefighting efforts. “Right now above (the kitchen) there’s a bathtub full of water, and the floor has been compromised,” he said. “A lot of the walls, even though they have coverings on them, have been compromised.””It’s not a safe place to be.”In the mean time, the Durretts have been staying just a few doors away from their home with Stacie’s brother-in-law, Gregory Durrett. “We’re just trying to take things on day at a time,” she said. The family is looking for a rental to move into after the new year, and keeping up with a traditionally very busy week at their restaurant, the Italian Underground. The Durretts plan to rebuild at the 914 Blake Ave. location once the site is cleaned up. Though the loss of their home is obviously trying, “it has been really nice in some respects,” she said. “I’ve been contacted by friends I haven’t talked to in 10 years. … I’ve been hugged more in the last three days than I have in my whole life,” she said. The Durrett family even had a pretty good Christmas considering the circumstances. Summit Canyon Mountaineering gave the family a gift certificate and opened its doors on Christmas day just for them, Durrett said.A friend recently told Stacie: “Most people have to die and have a funeral before they see that people really care about them.”That hasn’t been the case for the Durretts, she said.Ashton is a lifelong resident of Glenwood Springs, and Stacie has lived in Glenwood for 30 years. “It’s an amazing community,” she said. Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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