Allen Family Fire Recovery

From family friend Callea: At 9:40 am [Saturday], Teri's son heard the sound of glass breaking in the garage. He opened the door to find it full of black smoke. He immediately called 911, started closing doors inside the house, and yelling for his sister. They both started grabbing dogs and cats, while he called his dad who was at the property next door. Teri had left to take a sick rescue horse to the vet an hour away. By 10:00 am when Teri's daughter called me, the house was already fully engulfed in flames. 20 short minutes. That’s how long it took. So many “what ifs”. I woke up this morning in tears for my friends — my FAMILY — and all they have lost. But I’m also so incredibly grateful for the two amazing, smart, quick-thinking kids who made it out of that house unharmed.


28465712_15213214320_r.jpegOn the morning of March 17, the Allen family house caught fire. While Rattlesnake Fire District firefighters worked diligently to put out the flames, there wasn't much left to save. The barn and the horses on the property were thankfully unaffected by the blaze. 

Teri and her husband, Jim, have lived on the property in Elbert County with their two children for over 20 years. Teri, a former competitive equestrian, now rescues horses from slaughter and rehomes them. For this work, she was the recipient of the Denver Channel News 7's Everyday Hero award. Her husband is also a volunteer firefighter, helping others who have found themselves in the same awful position they now face themselves. 

Please help us help this family who had done so much for the Colorado community and who lost everything in the blink of an eye.

We'll update here as more information is known.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jessie Faye 
Denver, CO
Teri Jacobsen Allen 
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