Charges filed against 18-year-old suspected of starting North Turkey Creek Fire

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a man for his role in starting the North Turkey Creek Fire last month.

Andrew Askins,18, was charged with two counts of second-degree arson.

On March 22, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the fire near the intersection of Highway 285 and North Turkey Creek Road in unincorporated Jefferson County.

According to the arrest affidavit, investigators believe the fire was started by fireworks. A ban on fireworks had been in place in the area since March 6.

The affidavit said 15 fire trucks, 34 firefighters and eight support personnel from six agencies were called in to fight the fire.

Eight home and businesses were evacuated, and one outbuilding and two vehicles were destroyed.

A warrant has been issued for Askins' arrest.