Denver Fire Claims Insulator
During construction on a new five-story apartment building on March 7, approximately 50 workers were on site when a massive fire started. Witnesses reported hearing two loud explosions and soon flames shot 200 feet in the air and ash rained down for several blocks surrounding the blaze. Three fire engines were damaged and more than 30 vehicles in the area were destroyed. The fire ignited several small fires in the area. More than 100 fire fighters had to work to extinguish the fires that started on the roofs of six nearby buildings. As workers jumped from the second and third stories of the burning building, time to escape was quickly running out.
“If it wasn’t for the efforts of the construction workers and their efforts to look out for their own colleagues and do their best to reduce the amount of damage, it could have been a lot worse,” said Fire Captain Greg Pixley. When the three-alarm fire was finally extinguished, it was learned that two workers did not make it out of the wood-framed building.
One of the men, Roberto Flores-Prieto, 29, left behind his wife of more than nine years, Evette and two children, Isaac 7 and Mikaela 2 years old. Roberto, a devoted father, husband and son, always dedicated his days off to his wife and children. Whether it was planning trips to the Zoo to show Mikaela the animals, or working together with Isaac on blueprints for the tree house they were building in the yard, Roberto’s greatest joy was to provide for and love his family.
Meyer Donates Vantage-Vac
Soon after the tragedy, Kent Thornbery of Rocky Mountain Insulation Corp. reached out industry-wide and obtained donations for an ongoing auction on Facebook. All funds raised go directly to the Flores-Prieto family.
Greg Buric, President of Wm. W. Meyer, didn’t hesitate when contacted by Thornbery, donating a Vantage-Vac Insulation Removal Vacuum with a retail value of more than $3,500.
“This was a very easy decision to make,” said Buric. “Although nothing will make the Flores-Prieto family whole again, when Kent reached out, we knew we wanted to help.”
The high bidder for the Vantage-Vac was Adrian Kloss of United Spray Foam, LLC. His luck didn’t end there, however. Meyer’s own David Behm and Charlie Meyer (shown left with Adrian Kloss) made the 14 hour round trip to personally deliver the machine to Kloss in Royalton, MN. It is estimated that more than $50,000 has been raised so far for the Flores-Prieto family.