Investigators checking tips, evidence in series of Lakewood fires near Colorado Christian University

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - West Metro Fire said it has received several tips about a series of fires that burned vehicles and one house in Lakewood on Tuesday.

Officials said investigators have finished collecting evidence at the scenes and the evidence will now be sent to labs for processing.

While officials are not calling the fires arson yet, they did call them "highly suspicious."

"We need to be methodical about collecting evidence and seeing what each fire scene shows us and what statements around those areas and what else we can find out about (whether) these were each individually accidental or if they're related in some way," West Metro Fire Deputy Chief Bruce Kral said.

The first fire was reported at 4:22 a.m. on West Alaska Place, near Carr Street. Over the next two hours or so, three more fires were reported in the area.  Fifteen cars, one motorcycle and one home were damaged or destroyed.

"Just having them in close proximity, at the same time, they're being investigated as suspicious," Kral said. "We'll try to get as much evidence from each incident that we can to see if there's anything that can lead to a suspect."

Officials ask anyone with any information about the fires to call either the West Metro Fire Department at 303-989-4307 or the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.

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