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Daniel Jenkins was awakened by his dog Muhammad at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to find his Blake Avenue home on fire. All residents of the duplex escaped except for a pet cat. (Kelley Cox/Post Independent)
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Glenwood man dies on way to MoabMOAB, Utah Golfers, skiers and other friends of active 82-year-old Glenwood Springs resident Bob Wolfarth are mourning news that he died over the weekend in a car accident near Moab.Wolfarth was killed Sunday when his 2007 Toyota Prius went off State Road 128 and into the Colorado River.Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Preston Raban said the car went off the right side of the road. It went down an embankment, rolled at least once and landed in the river. Wolfarth was either thrown from the vehicle during the accident or pulled from it by the river’s current. His body was found 2 miles downstream.Investigators weren’t sure of the time of the accident. Raban said authorities aren’t ruling out the possibility that Wolfarth fell asleep at the wheel or was affected by a medical condition. They don’t believe drugs or alcohol were involved. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Fire guts Glenwood duplexGLENWOOD SPRINGS Daniel Jenkins woke up at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to sounds of his dog, Muhammad, barking and glass breaking. He ran into the kitchen and saw a whole wall engulfed in flames.Dustin Weller and his wife woke up to Jenkins bursting through their door screaming that there was a fire. In shock and half-awake, they ran out of the duplex at 2119 Blake Ave. with barely any clothes on. Dustin had just purchased the duplex with his father in September.Weller, 23, raced around completely naked trying to save his dogs. His wife Samantha, 20, screamed loudly and hysterically. She ran into the street with nothing but a shirt on. A neighbor across the street eventually gave Dustin some boxer shorts and more clothes for him and Samantha to wear.According to neighbors and people in the duplex, Glenwood Springs Police arrived first, followed by Glenwood Springs Fire Department, which arrived about 15 or 20 minutes after witnesses noticed the fire. The fire department said it received notice from dispatch at 2:38 and arrived seven minutes later.The fire started on the south side of the house where there used to be a deck with storage below it. There was speculation about whether a propane grill on the deck or gasoline for lawnmowers below the deck caused the fire. But Piper said the damage was extensive enough that it would be very difficult to determine the cause. The propane and gasoline contributed to the blaze, he said.There was also a question of whether someone smoking started the fire. The department ruled that the fire was accidental.The propane “really created a firestorm on that deck,” he said.Flames spread into the attic and toward the front of the house and burned through part of the roof. At one point, a firefighter sprayed down on the roof from an aerial ladder extended horizontally above. Firefighters fought the blaze until declaring it under control at 4:16 a.m. and clearing the scene around 8 a.m. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Rifle student wins appointment to Naval AcademyRIFLE Samantha Blea’s grandfather, Solomon Blea, served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Santa Fe during World War II. He passed away about two years ago. But Samantha has some fond memories of him.When she was in the fourth grade, her grandfather gave her a picture of the famous warship he was stationed on. The picture was of the painted stars on the ship’s side wall, indicating the enemy ships it had sunk during the war.But when the Navy contacted her and said that she could qualify for the nuclear engineering program, well, that lifted her eyebrows.”I applied because if it did happen, it would be a good thing,” she said. “But if not, then, oh well.” (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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