The Dab Space Station—an iconic party bus aimed at giving people rides to events so they could safely indulge in cannabis and not drive, was set ablaze earlier this month in Lakewood.
The bus owner, Ryan Skidmore, 33, said he was awakened at about 5 a.m. on Nov. 4 by his roommate, Madison Karl, when she screamed out his name.
“She came downstairs to make sure I was OK,” Skidmore said. “She told me the bus was on fire.”
According to a report from The Denver Post, Skidmore used the bus to transport people to parties, concerts, and events in the Denver area. While riding, passengers could dab and otherwise consume weed. The whole idea was essentially to let people get high and go to events without having to operate a vehicle.
Initially, authorities said the fire was the result of an electrical short or some other mechanical problem with the bus.
But a cannabis business owner in Denver, Colorado says his company was the target of something much different: arson.
He told The Denver Post that later on, after the fire was put out and authorities were gone, he entered the burned vehicle and found what he described as “two bottles . . . with rags in them.”
According to Skidmore, his bus caught fire because somebody planted two Molotov cocktails inside of it.
“I just hope whoever did this has the heart to come forward and maybe give an explanation,” Skidmore said. “It was a party bus, it was a relaxing environment. We were here to help keep people mellow.”
Skidmore has owned the bus for about three years, he said. Since April, he’s put about $20,000 into it: “It’s had a few mechanical issues.”
The bus, a 1999 Ford E450 Econoline, was worth about $25,000, Skidmore said. It had a 10,000-watt light and sound system, an air ventilation system and could seat up to 16. Clients would sit on two benches and enjoy the ride.
The Dab Space Station was insured when Skidmore was driving it and working, he said, but not when it was parked. The fire happened in front of his residence on Youngfield Street, in the Applewood area, when it was parked.
Karl has started The Dab Space Station Funeral Fund on GoFundMe, hoping to raise some money to help Skidmore recover from the fire, which totaled his business bus.
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