Arson investigator’s van arsoned

4 Mar

An arson investigator’s van was set on fire early Wednesday in southwest Denver as he was inside a nearby home investigating two other vehicle fires.

The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. in the 3900 block of West Kentucky Avenue, said Lt. Phil Champagne, a Denver Fire Department spokesman.

Fire officials are now investigating three possible cases of vehicle arson, including the van.

“It’s a great concern to us that an individual would be so bold,” Champagne said.

The van fire started in the engine compartment, and it was quickly extinguished before it could spread to the cab, Champagne said. Authorities believe an accelerant was splashed on the front bumper.

Investigators usually work in pairs, but one of the two called in sick.


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