Roy Smith, formerly of Salida, lost the bus he was living in at Lazy K-V Estates in Saguache County when a spark from a wood stove set up inside the bus landed on flammable material and caught fire, burning the majority of Smith’s possessions.

Smith was home when the fire started about 5 p.m. Feb. 8.

Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick said the fire was investigated by a sheriff’s deputy and an ATF fire investigator, who determined the cause.

Witnesses saw no one else near the bus prior to the fire, Warwick said.

Smith lived in Salida for a time in the late 1990s.

Prior to that he lived in Gilpin County, where he had filed a lawsuit against Gilpin County in 1994 alleging the sheriff’s department had engaged in racial discrimination against him.

Smith was awarded $700,000 in 1997 as a result of the suit.

In 1998 he was the subject of a March 20 interview about the Gilpin County suit with Connie Chung on the ABC news magazine program “20/20.”

A Go Fund Me donation page has been set up to raise money for a new trailer for Smith. With a goal of $3,500, the fund had raised $1,805 as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The page can be visited at

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