Family loses all belongings when fire guts GJ log home

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Billy Little of Grand Junction looks at the fire damage at the house he was about to occupy 318 Rosevale Road.

A fire that gutted a log home on Rosevale Road on Thursday destroyed everything the new renter had placed inside.

Billy Little and his son, Wesley, 6, had just put their furniture into the structure but had yet to move in because Little, an ironworker, was on a job out of town and his son was with his mother when the fire broke out.

“I just feel really bad for the guy,” said Susan Shields, who owns the home.

“He lost everything he owned,” she said.

Little signed his lease Sept. 1 and started doing interior repairs of damage left by the previous renter, he said Friday.

The fire’s cause remains suspicious and is under investigation, fire officials said. “I just got all our stuff moved in there and ready to go,” Little said. “It’s all gone,” including his son’s bedroom set.

He had yet to arrange for insurance coverage for his belongings, Little said.

“It’s only been a week,” he said.

Little said he was working with the Red Cross to arrange for shelter, but he didn’t know where he would live now.

Little was working in Gunnison when the fire started Thursday afternoon, and his boss let him race home to deal with it, Little said. His son was with his mother across town at the time, he said.

The house was built in 1948, and the land on which it sits was part of a homestead for which President Grover Cleveland signed off on the paperwork, Shields said.

The fire is upsetting to the Shields family, she said, because, “This is the family property.”


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