Crestone Eagle, January 2008:
Fatal mobile home fire on Rd. AA
by Mary Lowers
Mattie Sandborn Zier, 76, lost her home and
her life in what was described as an intense blaze which destroyed
the mobile home on Saguache County Road AA on Monday, December
17. Zier shared her home with her roommate, Bernard Calvin
Lumbert, 75, who received second-degree burns and complications
from smoke inhalation. He was transported to heart of the
Rockies Medical Center in Salida and later to Colorado Springs
for further medical care.
Saguache County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nick Tolsma
and Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Wertz were the first
on the scene and attempted to reach the unconscious Zier through
a window. Wertz was treated for burns at the hospital in Salida
as a result of the unsuccessful rescue attempt. Sheriff Mike
Norris reported that Zier died in the bedroom of the structure.
Norris, who arrived shortly after the fire, was called in
by neighbors at 5:39pm and said the structure was engulfed
in smoke and flames when he got there.
Northern Saguache Fire Protection District called for all
fire departments to respond to the emergency. Firefighters
and trucks from Villa Grove, Moffat, Crestone, and the Baca
Grande all responded, as did two ambulances from Saguache.
Ambulance personnel stayed at the scene to attend to firefighters
suffering from hypothermia and falls on the wet, icy ground.
It was estimated twenty to twenty-five volunteer fire fighters
responded to the blaze. Six fire trucks battled the fire while
vehicles ferried water to the blaze from Saguache. The mobile
home structure with wooden additions was a complete loss.
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