Bike auction will benefit victims of home explosion

Bids are being accepted for a full-suspension mountain bike paid for and built by the staff at Mountain Bike Specialists in Durango.

Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Tim, Karen and Cameron Kelley – the family that survived a home explosion Feb. 21 north of Lemon Reservoir.

“We pooled our money, bought the bike and now we’re offering it for sale,” said John Glover, general manager at the bike shop.

The upgraded Specialized Epic Comp 29 is valued at $3,700, he said.

The high bid as of Friday was $3,600.

All proceeds will benefit the Kelley family, which lost its home in the blast.

Efforts to reach the family Friday for comment were unsuccessful.

Tim, Karen and their 9-year-old daughter, Cameron, were inside the house when they smelled a propane leak.

After the explosion, Cameron was able to crawl out of the debris, but her parents were trapped underneath 4 feet to 6 feet of debris for about 2˝ hours.

Tim suffered severe injuries to both legs. He has undergone several surgeries and remains in a wheelchair.

Karen suffered burns, and Cameron had a broken leg.

“She’ll be the first one able to recover from all of this,” Glover said of the 9-year-old.

The parents spent several weeks recovering at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.

They since have returned to the Durango area and are renting a home in the Rockridge subdivision.

Tim’s office is located near Mountain Bike Specialists, 949 Main Ave., and he used to make frequent visits to the shop to chat with the staff, Glover said.

The employees at Mountain Bike Specialists decided to pool their March bonuses to purchase the bike and put it up for auction, he said.

Anonymous bids can be made on the bike shop’s website at www.mountainbikespecialists.com.

shane@durangoherald.com