Local man loses home in devastating fire

Logan Dailey/Torrington Telegram The remnants of a house stand after a total-loss fire claimed the home of Jim Dunlap on Friday evening.

HUNTLEY – “I lost 65 years in there,” said a devastated Jim Dunlap about a fire that recently took his home. Dunlap has lived at 5379 Highway 92 for the past three years. His whole life was in that house, and now it’s all gone. 

Dunlap started his Friday just like any other day but found his life changed forever by its conclusion. He came home sometime around 6:30 p.m. to find his house on fire. 

Dunlap told The Telegram, “I opened my front door, and it was all smoke.” Dunlap ran around to the south side of his home to find it completely engulfed with flames. He immediately called Torrington’s 911 service at 6:35 p.m. and told them his house was on fire. Torrington dispatch transferred the call to the Scotts Bluff County dispatch center, who then dispatched the Lyman Volunteer Fire Department.

LVFD combated the fire with the Torrington Volunteer Fire Department and Morrill Volunteer Fire Department, both responding as mutual aid. LVFD Chief Mike Kindred told The Telegram the house was a total loss. The department is currently unaware of the fire’s origin, but an investigation into the causation is pending.

The Red Cross of Wyoming received word of the fire and responded to assist Dunlap by providing him with lodging and other immediate needs. The Red Cross said in a release they would provide further assistance as needed. 

Dunlap would like to express his sincerest appreciation for the efforts made by area firefighters to save his home and the generous support he has received. 

Dunlap’s niece, Brenda Schlagel, is currently working with Pinnacle Bank in Torrington to set up an account for Dunlap. Those wishing to assist Dunlap can visit Pinnacle Bank’s location in Torrington at 2000 Main Street.

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