Littleton investigators call fire at preschool possible arson

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LITTLETON, Colo. — A fire at a Littleton preschool has more than 100 families without proper day care. Fire officials say the blaze could be a possible arson case.

The Littleton Police Department said the initial part of its investigations leads it to believe someone broke into the building and set the fire on purpose.

“Just shock, sadness,” said Farima Nemat, owner of Primrose School of Littleton at 7991 Southpark Way. “I just want to make sure that we figure out what’s going on.”

The fire forced the Primrose School to close Thursday. The damage was confined to the inside of the building.

Fire investigators and police were in and out all day. Tape was roped around the property as well.

Nemat had to tell parents their kids wouldn’t have a place to go on Thursday.

“Kind of devastating, yeah,” a parent and employee at the school, Kelly Lafferty, said.

Families are backing their school up with positivity.

“It was so heartening to hear everybody’s positive reactions and support that they were offering, and I know that everybody’s going to figure it out and we’ll figure out how to get these kids taken care of,” Lafferty said.

Lafferty said the fact that the fire is suspicious doesn’t bother her. She’s just happy everyone’s OK.

“I’m also just extremely thankful that nobody was here, no kids, or employees or anybody was injured, and that’s the biggest positive of this thing,” Lafferty said.

The owners say they’ll do their best to get the facility back up and running, but they also want to make sure it’s safe before anyone opens the doors and lets the kids back in.

Police wouldn’t go into detail about the possible break-in. They said it’s a joint investigation between police and Littleton’s arson unit.

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