Downtown fire injures firefighter

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By Steve Smith

Brighton Fire Rescue officials said construction work soldering pipes led to the July 31 fire that destroyed the former home of Robb's Inc. grocery store. It closed last year, and the building was vacant at the time of the ifre.


One firefighter sustained a minor injury.

The building was built in 1946, according to the Brighton Historic Preservation Commission and became part of the commission's local landmark registry last year. Walt and Bev Robb started the mom-and-pop store in 1970 in South Dakota. The Brighton store opened in 1984. Their son, John, sold the building in March 2018. Attempts to find a new location were not successful. Carolyn Corogin, architect and director of C2 Studio in Denver, bought the building. She renovated the former Brighton Buddhist Temple on South First Ave., which is home to Big Choice Brewing.

“We’ve faced a lot of dilemmas,” former employee Anita Watkins told the Blade last year. “Rental prices, lack of forklift access. As of right now we’re closing for good, unless we can find something with affordable rent.”

In a Facebook post, the Brighton Historic Preservation Commission and the Brighton City Museum expressed their sadness about the fire. 

"After February’s grain elevator fire, we are especially cognizant of the important memories of Brighton’s past that are carried on by our historic buildings and structures," the post said. "Now, more than ever, preservation efforts help keep these stories alive. Find out more information about what Historic Preservation efforts look like in Brighton here: https://www.brightonco.gov/1072/Historic-Preservation"

The commission said the first meeting of the Adams County Consumer Cooperative Association was in April 1935. It initially ran the co-op out of the Green Fargo Oil Co. garage on North Main St., but built a new station on the northwest corner of Skeel St. and South Main Street in 1939.

"When membership ballooned to 388 by 1946, a new building was needed, and the Co-op then made an addition to their existing garage and demolished two houses on the south side of Skeel to build a store for selling local groceries, appliances, and feed," the Facebook post said.

Firefighters from North Metro and South Adams County fire departments assisted.