Investigators: Destructive Lakewood fires intentionally set
A 2-alarm fire was raging through a large Lakewood carport on the morning of Oct. 22, 2013.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Investigators and cleanup crews removed some of the burned-out shells of automobiles in Lakewood Wednesday, a day after fires in four locations of Lakewood destroyed them.
Some of the ruined cars went to the lab for analysis.
Arson investigators will not say exactly what they have found so far at the crime scenes, but they are saying these fires were intentionally set. They were all set near W. Alameda Avenue and S. Estes St. within two hours of each other before 6 a.m. Tuesday.
It’s a reality victims are having a hard time understanding. “Why would somebody even think of doing this … just totally evil,” says 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 also returned to another home in the same area where a mysterious fire happened about five weeks ago.
At the time, investigators thought it started due to a defective car in the garage, but now police aren’t so sure that was the cause.
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