Suspected arsonist charged for February 2012 townhome fire in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A man is charged with setting a fire in his Lakewood townhome that also damaged two neighboring homes.

Robert Carlton Lohman, 41, allegedly started the fire at 2:05 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2012. It caused more than $120,000 in damage to the townhomes at the Second Villa West Townhomes located along West Virginia Avenue, said fire investigator Lt. Bill Maron.

The fire started on the rear patio of Lohman's townhome and spread from there to the other townhomes and storage buildings, Maron said. Lohman's family and other residents were asleep at the time, but everyone and their pets escaped without being injured.

Maron said the investigators worked with an accelerant detection canine named "Sadie" to solve the case.

Lohman is charged with several counts of arson and reckless endangerment.