“When it comes to somebody having a crisis this is probably one of the best communities to live in. I know I’m forgetting a lot of people, and I’m sorry if I am, but all of your help has been very much appreciated.”
— Rick Barnes about the outpouring of support he has received from the community since his home was lost Monday to a fire.
Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters on Monday responded to a report of a house fire on Moffat County Road 174 about 10 miles west of Craig.
The home belongs to longtime Moffat County residents Rick and Tami Barnes.
Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said the blaze, which started at approximately 10 p.m., was ignited by a faulty wood-burning stove.
Firefighters battled blizzard conditions, Johnston said, but had the fire under control after about an hour and a half.
Deputies with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig also responded to the call.
Though the house is a total loss, Rick said Thursday he felt blessed because he, his wife and children all escaped the fire unharmed.
“We all made it out safe,” Rick said. “Everything that was irreplaceable was saved, everything else is material and can be replaced.”
As is usually the case in times of crisis Rick said the community has stepped up with donations of clothes, food, housing and Christmas presents for the kids.
Namely Rick wanted Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters, the United Way, the Red Cross, the Moffat County School District, and the Kline, Hamill, Herring, Lyons, Brannan, Running, and Sperry families for their support.
“When it comes to somebody having a crisis this is probably one of the best communities to live in,” Rick said. “I know I’m forgetting a lot of people, and I’m sorry if I am, but all of your help has been very much appreciated.”
The Barnes’ home is insured by Farmers Insurance, Rick said. The large claims adjustor has already located a modular home that could be transported and move-in ready within a couple of months.
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