Investigators seek info on arsonist who set Lakewood fires

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Fire destroys vehicles in a carport in Lakewood, Colo.

Fire destroys vehicles in a carport in Lakewood, Colo.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Although investigators thought that four early morning fires in Lakewood were arson, West Metro Fire has determined they were intentionally set on Oct. 22.

The total cost of damage is estimated to be near $250,000, according to fire officials. A parking structure, several cars, a motorcycle and a house were destroyed.

All four fires were set near W. Alameda Avenue and S. Estes St. within two hours of each other before 6 a.m.

“Why would somebody even think of doing this … just totally evil,” said Frank Tracey, who escaped from his burning home after a car in the driveway caught fire.

The Tracey’s home has major damage after flames spread from the car up to the second floor of the structure.

Investigators continue to look into the circumstances surrounding the fires. West Metro Fire Rescue, Lakewood Police, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are working together on the investigation.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Police have increased their presence in the neighborhood in the area of W. Alameda Ave. and S. Estes St.

Officers say to keep an eye out for suspicious activity, and that cars should be parked a reasonable distance from structures.

Residents should also make sure their smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are working. Investigators also suggest home security measures such as motion sensing lighting.

West Metro Fire and Lakewood Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious prior to 6 a.m. in the area of W. Alameda Avenue and S. Estes Street. They can call either agency.

  • West Metro Fire: 303-989-4307
  • Lakewood Police: 303-987-7111
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2 comments

  • Harcourt Gubernaut

    “Although investigators thought that four early morning fires in Lakewood were arson, West Metro Fire has determined they were intentionally set…”

    ar·son (ärsn)
    n. Arson is the crime of intentionally and maliciously setting fire

    What am I missing here? I don’t understand this first sentence. Arson is always intentional.

  • Myke Hermann

    Her sentence structure is also quite awkward. She should try to write more the way a person would speak naturally, it would make for smoother reading.

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