Teenager charged with setting nine fires early Monday morning in Denver's Park Hill Neighborhood

DENVER - An 18-year-old is charged with setting nine separate fires within 45 minutes early Monday morning in Denver's Park Hill Neighborhood.

Christopher Padgett allegedly set the first fire at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Dexter Street between East 23rd Avenue and 28th Avenue. The series of fires damaged six cars, two garages, and some landscaping between two homes.

One fire in an alley in the 2300 block of Dexter started in a trash bin and spread to a garage. One of the damaged cars was inside another garage and the flames spread to that structure.

According to Denver Fire Department Spokesman Mark Wilson, Padgett is facing nine counts of second-degree arson and one count of first-degree arson.

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