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Fund to help Carbondale arson victims

Greg Schreier

Karla Kuban’s friends lost everything to arson, and now she hopes to rally the community to find them a new home.Jose Castillo, his wife, Lupe Garcia, and their daughter, Jenny Castillo, lost their home to an arsonist earlier this month. Someone also stole the family’s pickup truck from the Carbondale trailer park and then crashed the truck into a restaurant near Redstone.To help them make payments on a new home and pay for utilities, Kuban has set up a fund through Alpine Bank in Kuban’s and Jose Castillo’s names. So far there hasn’t been any kind of effort to help them, Kuban said.”There hasn’t been any. None,” she said. “I don’t know what else to do. It’s kind of overwhelming for me, too.”The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating the arson, but Jenny and Kuban said there are no leads in the case. Flames and smoke, or water from the firefighting effort destroyed all the family’s possessions. The family is staying with a relative in New Castle until they can find a new home; only a frame remains of the trailer.”All you can see is wires,” Jenny said.Their only possessions are what fits in the family car, as they were in Mexico for a relative’s funeral when the fire occurred. The family dog and three newborn puppies died in the blaze.”We don’t have a steady home at all right now,” Jenny said. “We’re not sure what’s going to happen right now.”The family had insurance, but it’s unknown when they’ll receive compensation. They also have to pay deductibles to file insurance claims, which is quickly adding up, Kuban said. Anything people can do to help is appreciated, but Kuban said the most important thing right now is helping the family financially to find a new home.”I opened this fund hoping people could put even $10 into it,” Kuban said. “It just all adds up.”Kuban has known the Castillos and Garcia for about two years, and she described them as honest and hardworking.”[Lupe] is completely honest, I’d trust her with anything in my house,” Kuban said. “I know they’re not frivolous people.”To make a donation, visit any Alpine Bank location and ask to make a deposit to the relief fund. For more information on how to help, call Kuban at 925-4354. Greg Schreier’s e-mail address is gschreier@aspentimes.com