Early-morning fires Saturday and Monday in Arvada are suspected arsons

ARVADA, Colo. - Two early morning fires in Arvada are suspected to be arson.

The first of the two fires started just before 6 a.m. in Terrance Park, located at 8700 W. 53rd Ave. According to the Arvada Fire Department, neighbors hearing an explosion before the fire and three people were seen running from the area just after it started.

That fire burned some bushes, a tree and a trash can in the park but did not damage playground equipment, according to Scott Pribble of Arvada Fire.

The second fire was just before 1 a.m. Monday in a vacant home at 6863 Marshall Street.

Carlos Lucero, a neighbor, says his wife was changing their grandson's diaper when she first noticed the raging fire.

"She came outside to throw the diaper and noticed that fire going out like crazy," he said.

He said the flames were shooting out of the windows and up into the air.

"It was going like about six feet, seven feet over that window, the kitchen window," he said.

A Colorado Bureau of Investigation arson dog was used to conclude that both fires were likely set intentionally.

"Within a couple of days we have had two fires which they suspect have been intentionally set. Whether or not those are linked, that's unknown, but definitely something that has to be concerned," said Arvada Fire Department spokeswoman Deanna Harrington.

Anyone with information about either fire is asked to call the Arson Tip Line at 1-877-89-ARSON (1-877-892-7766).  You could receive a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in either of these fires.