Man investigated for setting fire to apartment complex, bushes

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — A resident of a Greenwood Village apartment complex is being investigated on allegations that he set the building on fire.

Photo: South Metro Fire

According to Greenwood Village police, at roughly 3:49 p.m. a crew responded to a report of a fire at 8899 E. Prentice Ave.

When they arrived, they discovered an active fire in one of the units of the complex.

Photo: South Metro Fire

The building was evacuated and officers were notified that one person was “not accounted for”

Shortly after responding to the initial fire, Greenwood Village Police Dispatch began getting notifications of a fire in the 4600 block of South Yosemite.

Photo: South Metro Fire

Officers then responded to the area where they found a white man with no shirt lighting a bush on fire.

When officers approached the suspect, he fled. Officers were able to take the man into custody a short time later with minor injuries.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

Greenwood Village Police confirmed the man taken into custody was the individual initially listed as “not accounted for” at the complex.

By 8:30 p.m., South Metro Fire Rescue tweeted pictures of the fire and said that the smoke and water damage had been addressed and, as for the firefighters, “everyone re-hydrates, gets their vital signs checked and clean soot from their skin before the next call comes in.”