Pueblo Goodwill Recovering From Arson

By: KKTV 11 News
By: KKTV 11 News

Pueblo police are still looking for an arsonist. Back in November, a fire destroyed about $30,000 in donated items at the city’s Goodwill Store. No eyewitnesses have come forward. And evidence at the scene was washed away within hours because firefighters had to use so much water that night to put out the flames.

Goodwill has restocked its shelves since the fire. Two storage trailers full of winter items and toys were destroyed. All of the lost items have been replaced. "We're actually back to where we were before the fire," says Deb Trujillo, Goodwill’s President and CEO.

The non-profit organization has seen an outpouring of support, not only from Pueblo, but from all over Southern Colorado. During the holidays, more than 750 children received presents.

Now, Goodwill is collecting donations for next Christmas and for Operation Back to School, the annual school supply drive. The Pueblo Goodwill has been a longtime partner with KKTV in both of these efforts.

As for any changes since the fire, Trujillo says donations are now being stored on the east side of the building instead of behind the building. "It attracts donors after hours, which then attracts other types of people that like to go through the donations and possibly theft back there."

If you have any information that could help solve this arson case, call Crime Stoppers. In Colorado Springs, the number is 634-STOP. And in Pueblo the number is 542-STOP. Your anonymous tip could earn you a cash reward.


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