Silt mayor vows to help victims of fire |

Silt mayor vows to help victims of fire

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SILT, Colo. – Silt Mayor Dave Moore is determined to make this holiday season a happy one for the two women who lost their home to fire Monday night.

“We are going to try and come up with a goal and make this a happy holiday season for this family,” Moore said Wednesday.

Tina Sandoval, 70, and her 92-year-old mother, Della Espinosa, were in the house – located in the 1200 block of Em Avenue in Silt – on Monday night when the fire broke out. They were able to get out of the home unharmed, but weren’t able to retrieve many possessions, other than a few photo albums.

Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, assisted by engines from Rifle Fire Protection District and Glenwood Springs Fire Department, were able to put out the fire in about an hour, according to Fire Chief Brit McLin. However, the structure was considered a total loss.

According to Sandoval’s daughter, Darlene Cardenas of Silt, Sandoval did have homeowner’s insurance. But Moore wanted to help the family with replacing some of the possessions they lost, and with some clothes.

Moore, who is also on the Salvation Army board of trustees, said all the proceeds from the holiday’s Red Kettle Campaign collected in Silt will go to help Sandoval.

All the details were preliminary as of Wednesday, but Moore expected that this would be a good way to help out people in a time of need.

“I’m proceeding with setting this up,” he said. “And we are looking for bell ringers. I know this town and I know there will be volunteers. I think the town will be eager to help this family out.”

Clothes and other donations can be dropped off at 1115 Em Ave. in Silt. Silt Town Hall will be closed through Sunday and is not a drop-off location.

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