An elderly Cedaredge man was killed Thursday, Feb. 23, after a fire swept through his trailer house at 24693 Cedar Mesa Road, Cedaredge, at about 11 p.m. The Delta County Sheriff's Office has identified the deceased man as Robert Nicodemus, 89. His daughter, Robin, was asleep inside the trailer. She smelled smoke and was able to get out and call for help. When Cedaredge firefighters, sheriff's deputies and Cedaredge police officers arrived on the scene, the trailer was fully engulfed in flames. According to Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, the incident remains under investigation. The cause may be related to the use of oxygen, or to a wood/coal burning stove being used to heat the trailer house. Delta County coroner Lance Boren reports Nicodemus died of natural causes.
A remembrance service is planned Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stolte Shed in Cedaredge. Those who wish to greet the family and share stories are welcome to come.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.