Fundraisers launched for Steamboat restaurant owner displaced by house fire
Steamboat Springs — Community members are rallying around a local restaurant owner who lost nearly all her personal belongings and two cats in a house fire in Hayden.
Sharon Stone’s hairdresser gave her shampoo.
Others have donated clothing.
“Everywhere I go, people are helping me,” Stone said. “It truly is overwhelming how much love and support I have received so instantly. This was the not the worst day of my life, not even close. It’s been that amazing.”
Stone, who owns Sharon’s restaurant in Steamboat Springs, came home from work Wednesday afternoon to discover the living room of the home she was renting in Hayden was engulfed in smoke and flames.
Hayden Police Chief Greg Tuliszewski arrived on scene before Stone hung up with 911.
“I have to give a big shout out to the Hayden police department and fire department,” Stone said. “They were amazing and compassionate, and fast.”
Firefighters extinguished the fire and determined the blaze had originated from a gas stove in the living room.
The fire killed Stone’s two black cats, Lonny and Fossy, and destroyed almost everything else inside the home, aside from some pots and pans.
Stone was left with the clothes on her back and her truck.
West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Dal Leck said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Stone’s friend, Brian Aragon, has started a gofundme campaign to help Stone in the wake of the fire.
The campaign had raised $1,200 in donations by Thursday afternoon.
Aragon said he is also going to set up a donation account for stone at Wells Fargo.
“She’s not the type of person to ask for help herself,” Aragon said. “We’re trying to get her back on her feet so she has a place to stay and she has enough money to replace essential stuff.”
Stone said she was overwhelmed by the support.
“There have been so many people who have just touched my heart today,” Stone said.
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