Suspicious 2-alarm fire burns Signs Now in Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A two-alarm fire that damaged a commercial building in Fort Collins on Thursday morning is now considered "suspicious"

Poudre Fire said the commercial structure fire at 1438 Riverside Avenue, between Lemay Avenue and Pitkin Street, started around 4:45 a.m.

"When crews arrived they found a large volume of fire inside the building along with fire coming from a roll-up door in the rear," fire department Captain Patrick Love wrote in a press release. "Shortly thereafter the fire breached the roof."

The building houses Signs Now. The company's website said they make indoor and outdoor signs, banners, tradeshow graphics, vehicle wraps, wall logos, and more.

Love said firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one building. When the fire was out, firefighters found the building suffered heavy fire, smoke and heat damage.

Firefighters said the building had no sprinklers, which firefighters said would have prevented much of the damage.

When investigators were able to get in, they found one door that appeared to be broken open. Also, a burglary was reported at Painter’s Supply located at 1626 Riverside Ave. while the firefighters were working.

"It is unclear at this time if the burglary is connected to the fire; however, detectives are exploring that possibility," wrote Sgt. Paul Wood of Ft. Collins Police.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Det. Kyle Bendzsa at 970-221-6577 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.