Estes Park: Woodland Heights Fire con...

Estes Park: Woodland Heights Fire consumes homes

There are 7 comments on the Estes Park Trail-Gazette story from Jun 23, 2012, titled Estes Park: Woodland Heights Fire consumes homes. In it, Estes Park Trail-Gazette reports that:

Flames begin encroaching on one of the homes destroyed in the June 23 Woodland Heights Fire in Estes Park.

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#1 Jun 23, 2012
This was NOT I repeat NOT a house fire!! This devastation was caused by a flagrant,(for lack of a better word)IDIOT! that was burning trash! If I was 100% on who it was, I would find him and give him an understanding of what fire ban means.. he is going to hell anyway so might as well give him a preview. I have never before felt this way toward another human being. I have always wanted to help people and strived to make sure that every interaction that I had with people was positive. BUT , how can you have that outlook when people do not even have the common sense to realize that when you are in a forest.... YOU DO NOT START A FIRE FOR ANY REASON!!! My niece saw this individual start the fire and then before she knew it it was out of control and totally engulfed her home. She then called 911 and the police were there first. Not much to do at this point but get and hope that it does not claim any lives or more property. Oh by the way, her Grand Parents live in the same area and had to be evacuated and by sheer luck, someone was able to get them out! They are both not very mobile and to make matters worse, they had built the house that had burned!Did I also mention that my niece is 18 an a volunteer firefighter for Glen Haven Fire District! Lightening is one thing... Trash burning when there is a statewide ban issued by the Governor is another!
Mary Beth Wohlgemuth

Saint Joseph, MO

#2 Jun 24, 2012
This is very sad. I have stayed in many houses in the high drive area as I have visited Estes Park in the summer for the last 51 years. Our trip this year is schedule for the end of July and yes we are staying in that area. Just hoping there are no injuries in this fire and that they can keep it contained. Prayers for all involved!

Estes Park, CO

#3 Jun 24, 2012
Oh my gosh, I had no idea thats what happened. I work at the Estes hospital on the weekends and saw that smoke and thought to myself, not another one......
I am so sorry to your niece for her loss and all the others whom lost their houses because of some idiot! I hope they punish him to the fullest extent of the law!
Jack in EP

Estes Park, CO

#4 Jun 24, 2012
I hope the individual who saw someone start a trash fire will turn their name in so they can be prosecuted. People are intent on destroying what little nature we have left, to say nothing about destroying everything their neighbors had.

Estes Park, CO

#5 Jun 24, 2012
According to "the niece" that we know personally this story by "aunt" IS NOT TRUE and the Aunt was not told this version of the story... Yes - the rest of the story is true, but NOT the story about the niece (who was home all by herself) seeing someone set a fire that got away from them... This 18 year old "niece" is a very, very brave young woman that I am very proud of. She pretty much (in my mind) should be a hero of the day right along with the many others that fought so bravely to save so many homes that otherwise would have been lost. She and her family lost their own home and as far as I know, her parents haven't arrived back in Estes Park unless they got back this afternoon (after being out of town for the birth of a grandchild.) Prayers and admiration to one brave 18 year old....

Bloomington, IL

#6 Jun 25, 2012
I have information from the sheriffs office that the cause of fire was a power line that was rubbing against a tree. To the person who said it was a trash fire...according to law enforcement and fire officials, it was a power line.
Stephanie_Austra lia

Eight Mile Plains, Australia

#7 Jun 25, 2012
My husband are visiting Estes Park in September and he noticed in our local newspaper mention of the terrible bushfires over there. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone there, particularly those who have lost homes and possessions, and the firefighters and other people involved in efforts to contain the fires and protect people and property.

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