Wildfire destroys family's nearly 100-year-old home

9NEWS @ 5. 10/16/2016

KUSA - Sunday’s high in Denver was in the mid-80s.

It’s not unheard of, but it’s helping contribute to a high fire danger.

Several areas along the front range were put under a red-flag warning Sunday, with much of the metro to be placed under one Monday.

High winds will spread any embers; a main cause of the Beulah Hill fire in Peublo County last week.

Eight homes were lost in the wildfire, including one of the Beulah’s most cherished, the Pearson Home.

“It's just a very sacred, special place,” said Heather Keyes of her grandparent’s home.

The Pearson home was reduced to ashes after the Beulah Hill fire spread to its fences, igniting propane tanks and causing an explosion that would claim everything on the property.

“Pictures is all we have left,” she said. “They’re priceless.

First built in 1917, the home was the pillar of the Beulah community. Every major family reunion was held there. Its rooms filled with heirlooms, its walls inscribed with milestones.

“The Methodist church, everyone called Grandma's church. She was the queen bee,” Keyes laughed as she recounted memories with her sister-in-law, Cassandra Pearson. “Once a year [grandma] would make the kids stand up against the wall and measure their growth.”

The family was getting the home transferred to their name, meaning they can't get governmental assistance or access to its insurance.

“It's heartbreaking. It's over 150 acres of completely lost land,” Pearson said as she held a picture of the destruction. “To be able to look down and see that what used to be green and lush and peaceful is now literally all turned to ash.”

The family hopes to rebuild the home despite the lack of insurance.

“We want to make that the staple again,” Pearson said. “It's not going to be the same house and it's not going to be the same memories but again the Pearson's are strong. We will get through this.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe as a way to help subsidize their rebuilding costs. That link can be found here -- http://bit.ly/2elRgRJ

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