Boulder smashes into Glenwood home |

Boulder smashes into Glenwood home

Jeremy Heiman
Glenwood Springs correspondent

Two Glenwood Springs residents experienced a rude awakening very early Tuesday morning.

Hager Lane homeowner Ron Dickman and his renter, Jimmy Farris, were jolted awake when a 7-foot boulder estimated to weigh 7 or 8 tons tore through their house at 1:30 a.m. Neither Dickman nor Farris was injured, but damage to the house is extensive.

The boulder entered through the west wall of a southwest room on the ground floor of the house, leaving a 6-foot by 10-foot hole.

It ripped through the house on a diagonal, splintering off about one-third of a ground-floor bathroom, caving in floors and tearing out a stairway. The rock came to rest in the middle of the living room, in the northeast corner of the house, sunk slightly into the floor, pinning a twisted recliner chair against a wall.

Another boulder, this one about 6 feet long and 4 feet wide, came to rest in the southwest room, which is Dickman’s office.

“It sounded like an explosion,” Dickman said. “Stuff was flying everywhere.” Glass broke, furniture fell, and wallboard disintegrated. It took Dickman a moment to realize what happened, he said.

It was quiet by the time he got to his bedroom door. The air was filled with dust, and there was a huge boulder in the living room.

Dickman yelled to Farris to find out whether he was hurt. His ancient dog, who sleeps in the living room, was luckily unhurt as well.

“She’s so arthritic it usually takes her about three minutes to get up,” Dickman said.

Dickman contacted an insurance adjuster early in the morning, and received bad news. He was informed that his homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t cover any of the damage.

A structural engineer made a preliminary examination of the house early Tuesday, but no estimate of the damage was available, Dickman said. Cameron Lobato, an engineer with Yenter Companies, estimated that it might cost $1,500 to $1,800 just to get the boulder out of the living room.