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Arson suspected in Frisco Historic Park fire

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News
Special to the Daily/Stan HardyOfficials suspect arson in a fire that burned part of a historic building in Frisco early Sunday morning.

Officials from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation along with officials from Lake Dillon Fire, Red, White and Blue and the Frisco Police Department suspect arson as the cause of the fire that started early Sunday morning at the Frisco Historic Park Museum.

At 7 a.m. Sunday, witnesses reported seeing a fire in the Ruth House at the Frisco Historic Park Museum. Firefighters were able to get the flames out quickly.

“Our firefighters were cognizant of the historical value of the Ruth House and take pride in the heritage of this community, so they fought the fire to try to save the structure, when in other circumstances, they might have taken a defensive approach to fighting a fire in an unoccupied building,” said Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Chief Dave Parmley. “They took efforts to protect the property and its contents and used as little water as they could to put out the fire.”

Responders were able to get the fire out before it spread to any of the surrounding buildings. The building interior and roof were damaged, however the exterior frame of the building still remains in good condition.

The Ruth House was built in 1890 and was originally a barn later turned into a residence. The Ruth House hosted a series of women’s historical artifacts such as clothing, accessories, a hat collection, sewing machine and other related items. Historic Park staff are currently working to determine which artifacts were damaged in the fire. The unaffected portion of the Historic Park will remain open during normal business hours as maintenance continues.

Fire officials have posted a $5,000 award for any information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible. Tips can be phoned in to (877) 892-7766.

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