Trailer Park Fire Claims Life of Leadville Boy
Publisher’s Note: This story was originally posted on May 30, 2015.
By Kathy Bedell © Leadville Today
“He was my best friend,” said 10-year old Ivan, as heavy hearts and the smell of smoke hung in the air early Saturday morning, May 30, 2015 at Mountain View West Trailer Park at 19773 Highway 24.
Friday night, May 29 a fire took the life of 10-year old Marc Anthony Reyes Lizardo in the trailer where he lived with his mother, Gloria Lizardo and three siblings, according to neighbors. While Marc’s older sister was not home at the time, Lizardo’s two brothers and his mother were at home when the fire broke out.
The Lake County Emergency Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls late Friday night, reporting a fire at the Mountain View West Trailer Park, according to Lake County Public Information Officer Betty Benson. Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue was dispatched and arrived on scene to find the structure fully engulfed in fire.
The fire spread quickly, with 11-15 feet flames shooting into the air. Cries for help quickly awakened neighbors, as they gathered outside space #512 to offer assistance. While the mother and younger children were able to escape, according to eyewitnesses, Marc had awoken to see the flames, and frightened, he hid from the fire in the family’s bathroom. Attempts to rescue the boy were thwarted as the intense fire made re-entry impossible by neighbors and emergency responders. The mother and other children were transported to St. Vincent Hospital, treated and released. The Lizardo’s home and all of their possessions were destroyed.
Fire Marshall Steve Boyle reported to Leadville Today that mutual aid to fight the fire came in from Copper Mountain and Chaffee County. In addition, water tender trucks, which are a specialized firefighting apparatus designed for transporting water to a fire, were essential in this situation.
For readers who may not know, the Mountain View West Trailer Park is a well-established housing community that does not have access to a fire hydrant or any water system, therefore emergency responders had to bring in their own water to fight the flames.
“There’s no water source here, no hydrant, no infrastructure for a hydrant system,” reported Boyle, explaining that it took several tenders to fight the fire. In addition, a call was made to Lake County Road and Bridge Department to dispatch their 4,000-gallon water truck.
The fire was determined to be out by 3:53 a.m. Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent was dispatched to the fire early Saturday morning where he pronounced 10-year-old Lizardo deceased. Services for the child have not been formalized at this time.
The cause of fire is pending. Because there was a fatality, the fire is now under the investigation of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Calls to Lake County Sheriff Rod Fenske by Leadville Today had not been returned by press time.
Go Fund Me Account Set Up for Lizardo Family
A Go Fund Me account under the name RIP Marc has been established for the Lizardo Family who lost everything in a trailer fire early this morning that also claimed the life of their son and brother Marc Lizardo. Donations to the family can be made at the link below.