Residents of the Riverbend Mobile Home Park (501 Main Street, across from Planet Bluegrass) were awakened in the early hours (about 5 a.m.) on Monday, February 25, to a structure fire in their midst. Volunteers from the Lyons Fire Department were on the scene in a matter of minutes, but the home was already “fully engaged” according to Lyons Fire Chief J.J. Hoffman.
Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Nick Goldberger was on the scene, and reported that Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office along with volunteer fire agencies from the surrounding area (Lefthand, Hygiene, Allenspark, Pinewood Springs, and Big Elk Meadow), as well as the St. Vrain Rapid Intervention Team, the Longmont Emergency Unit, and the AMR Ambulance Service responded to the location to render aid. Goldberger added that, “Upon arrival to the scene, the trailer and at least one vehicle appeared to be on fire. The only occupant of the trailer, an adult male, was as a precautionary measure, taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.”
An investigation into the cause and origin of the fire will be conducted by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim of last Monday morning’s fire at the Riverbend Mobile Home Park was ten-year Lyons resident Jim Botsford. Botsford, who works in the electronics field in Boulder, was awakened at approximately 5 a.m. by the smell of smoke and the sound of the fire. He literally escaped the fast moving blaze with the clothes on his back. He didn’t even have time to put on shoes, sustaining burns to his face, feet, and hands during his escape.
Trying unsuccessfully to push his car out of harms way (his car keys were in the inferno), he was standing barefoot in the snow and freezing pre-dawn temperatures watching his world go up in smoke when the Lyons volunteer fireman arrived on the scene. Fortunately the firefighters were able to keep the fire from reaching the car’s fuel tank, or the ensuing fireball might have engaged other nearby structures.
Botsford was released from the hospital later that afternoon, and was attempting to put his world back in some sort of order. He lost everything. His home, his car, his clothes, his food, his furniture, and his computer; everything. He wears a men’s large for shirts, 30” X 32” pants, and size 10 shoes. If you’d like to help out one of your neighbors in his time of need, you can call (703) 201-6502 to make arrangements.