Still no arrests in Frisco historic building arson |

Still no arrests in Frisco historic building arson

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Summit Daily/Mark FoxThe second floor of the Ruth House in the Frisco Historic Park suffered most of the damage from a fire last month.

Authorities have completed their investigation of a historic building in Frisco that was the site of a suspected arson last month, though an investigation of the fire and an associated burglary is ongoing, Frisco authorities said Wednesday. Town officials said they could not release any additional information while the case is open.Witnesses reported flames engulfing the 120-year-old Ruth House, part of Frisco’s historic park, Sunday morning, June 19. Firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire Rescue and the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection district were able to extinguish the fire fairly quickly, confining damage to the interior and roof of the building, but saving the frame of the house and nearby historic structures. Authorities soon began to suspect the blaze was started intentionally, and museum staffers later discovered valuable artifacts on display inside the scorched building had been stolen. Some of those articles were later recovered, according to some reports.The Ruth House was built in 1890 and was originally a barn later turned into a residence. The Ruth House housed a variety 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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