Lakewood police asking for public's help after string of fires Tuesday

Neighborhood on edge

DENVER - Investigators are looking for the person who started a series of vehicle fires in Lakewood last week.

Fifteen vehicles and a motorcycle were destroyed in four fires early Tuesday, according to West Metro Fire Rescue spokeswoman Michelle French.

The fires, along West Alameda Avenue and west of South Carr Street, also heavily damaged a single-family home and destroyed a carport and melted vinyl siding on two buildings in a condo complex.

"Our investigators have processed the scenes," French said. "Now we're following up on leads, tips that came in (Tuesday) night."

The four fires all started on or in vehicles within a two-hour period and a 2-mile radius.

On Sunday, neighbors were still cleaning up the ash that was left behind.

"It's been pretty freaky," said Troy Palmer who lives next door to the home that burned.

Palmer is worried history will repeat itself and he's not taking any chances.

"We're always kinda looking around over our shoulder.  We ended up putting a camera and putting up light sensors everywhere in fear of possibly somebody coming and setting fire to our place."

Not far away, Amy Dennison echoes the sentiment of her neighborhood.

"It's hard to get to sleep at night and it's hard to stay asleep too," Dennison said.

Dennison's 4-runner was destroyed, but she knows the collateral damage could've been much worse.

"How could they?  Whoever did this could've killed so many people," Dennison said.

Security has all but burned up for many of the victims who just want to see someone caught.

"Why is someone doing this," Palmer asked.

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.