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Mountain museum

set on fire,

burglarized

 

5:23 PM, Jun 23, 2011  |   comments

 

 

 

FRISCO – At the Frisco Museum, Manager

Simone Belz says they pride themselves on

preserving history. “Preserving history

means trying to save artifacts for the next

generation to come,” Belz said.

 

So it was a double blow when one of the

oldest buildings in Frisco, the Ruth House,

which dates back to 1890, not only caught

on fire, but was burglarized.

 

“Those two things are absolutely

devastating,” Belz said.

 

On Sunday, June 19, Lake Dillon

firefighters were called to the house with

flames shooting out the roof.

 

Damage was kept at a minimum, but

investigators suspected arson. When e

mployees looked through the museum,

they found that some items were lost in the

fire and others were just missing.

 

That’s when Frisco Police Det. Julie Polly

says they started thinking the crimes were

linked.

 

Now they are following leads and asking

for the public’s help.

 

“The investigation is going. Well we have

some tips from folks in the community and

I would encourage people to continue

contacting me with anything they think was

suspicious or out of the ordinary,” Polly

said.

 

As for Belz and the Frisco Museum, they’re

still moving forward. They are upset about

the items that were lost in the fire or stolen, b

ut say 50 percent to 75 percent of the

collection in the Ruth House has been

recovered. It’s believed it can be put back

on display.

 

As for the missing items, they say they

have similar artifacts to add to the house

and will try to replace those stolen items.

 

There’s still no real idea when the Ruth

 

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