Fire destroys man's mobile home, but not his hope

CRYSTOLA, Colo. - A fire destroyed a double-wide mobile home in Crystola, leaving one man homeless. 

Fire crews were called to the home at the Big Pines Trailer park off of Highway 24 at 9 a.m. Saturday. 

"This is the third time I've started with just what I've been wearing," said Kenneth Stevenson. He was renting the mobile home.

Stevenson woke up to flames in his fireplace.

"I tried to get the fire extinguisher and get water on it but it just got ahead of me and I crawled out of the building," said Stevenson.

Officials said the home did not have smoke detectors, but Stevenson was able to get out safely. 

Stevenson's friends and family stood close to him as firefighters sifted through debris. The fire department deemed the home a total loss.

Fire danger isn't unfamiliar to this neighborhood. Neighbors were forced out of their homes for a week during the Waldo Canyon fire.

"Fire is pretty thorough and it can wipe you out in a hurry. Probably a lot of people around here know that by now," said neighbor Bill Goure.

Cascade Fire Department, Woodland Park Fire Department and Green Mountain Falls Fire Department worked together to manage the fire.  The home is located in a wooded neighborhood and firefighters were able to put out the fire before it spread. 

"Over the last few days it's been wet up here and we've got a lot of snow so it's kept that danger down for us," said Richard Bowman with Green Mountain Falls Fire Department.

Stevenson managed to find hope in the ashes.

"A lot of people do things they have to do to help you," said Stevenson. "Everybody has tribulations in life. My daughter had cancer when she was 3 years old. We got through that. We'll get through this."

Stevenson said there is always a silver lining, sometimes it just takes a long time to find out.

Investigators have not yet said what caused the fire.

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