Saturday event will benefit Granby man who lost all in house fire |

Saturday event will benefit Granby man who lost all in house fire

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

A benefit will be held at the Chuckwagon Cafe from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, for Bill Bilby, who lost everything he owned on Dec. 30, when the house he was renting on East Pine Drive in Grand Meadows was destroyed in a fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

“The community has really stepped up,” said Bilby, who is staying at his girlfirend’s house in the meantime. While he did have some work clothes with him, “All my good stuff pretty much gone … all my tools, two vehicles a boat that was sitting off to the side of the garage, my buddy’s motorcycle that I was storing for the winter.”

Bilby, who is an auto mechanic and works at CarQuest, said he also lost about $130,000 worth of tools and test equipment that he had stored in the garage, not to mention the sentimental things, “my pictures, all my papers.”

His coworkers at CarQuest are hosting the benefit.

Benefit event for Bill Bilby. Admission is $10 and includes a chili dinner, entertainment by Deb Lenhart, prizes and a silent auction.  

“I am at a loss for words,” said the 9-year Granby resident. “The community … things I’m sitting here looking at (for the auction) … really stepped up. I’m very grateful for all the phone calls, the people that have come into the store just to say sorry and the people who have given me clothes … even people I didn’t really know. I am just in awe.”

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or


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