Deputy Fire Marshal Anthony Valdez, Public Information Officer, 720-989-2248
RELEASE DATE: 21 April 2011
Charges filed in Pinery fires.
Second Degree Arson charges have been filed with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office against a 15 year-old male suspect on April 14, 2011, in connection with three recent wildland fires in the Pinery Subdivision in Douglas County.
In the past several weeks, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority has responded to three wildland interface fires in the Pinery Subdivision. Each fire was in open space presenting an immediate threat to homes in the area, although quick response by firefighters kept the fires from spreading to homes. Fire investigators were able to identify that the fires had been intentionally set and appeared to be related.
South Metro fire investigators, in conjunction with the Pattern Crimes Unit of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, set-up perimeter surveillance of the area based on information received from witnesses. After several days of surveillance, a suspect was identified and subsequently charged with 2nd Degree Arson. Investigators do not believe this case is associated with the Burning Tree Fire at this time.
“Recognizing the high fire danger in the area and proximity to homes, we identified these fires as a significant threat. Therefore, we allocated significant resources to identify and capture those responsible,” said Rob Geislinger, fire marshal.
“The combined efforts of all the agencies involved shows not only how serious of an issue this was, but also how important it is to work together to make our community a safer place to live,” stated Sheriff David A. Weaver.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Pattern Crimes Unit consists of Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Parker and Lone Tree Police Departments. The identification of the suspect was made possible through the combined efforts of the public, law enforcement, and fire department officials.