LONGMONT, Colo. – August Adams and Robert Fitzpatrick are facing second-degree arson charges after being accused of setting fire to a pile of railroad ties Wednesday night, the Longmont Department of Public Safety said.
The two were taken to the Boulder County Jail. Adams does not have a scheduled court appearance but Fitzpatrick is expected to have a court appearance from the Boulder County Jail at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The fire started Wednesday about 7:50 p.m. about three-quarters of a mile east of First Avenue and Martin Street and was seen by an officer on patrol in the area. The fire destroyed the overhead power lines in the area, causing a power outage to the southeast part of the city. Power has been restored.
Police say a witness say the men setting fire to the pile of railroad ties. Officers moved in and quickly arrested them. It’s unknown why Adams and Fitzpatrick started the fire.
“I saw two kids start the fire,” Alve Thompson said. “They ran out from behind the railroad ties and I called 911.”
Crews from Mountain View Fire Rescue worked through the night and into Thursday morning to extinguish the flames. More units and crews were dispatched to the area about 6 a.m. to continue extinguishing the area.
“Obviously, with all the presote the railroad ties burn quite extensively and are pretty flammable,” Longmont Police Sgt. Paul Campbell said.
Police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Longmont Police Department at 303-651-8555.