Man arrested for arson after fire damages Aurora home, displacing residents

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Feb 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-07 10:14:23-05

AURORA, Colo. — A man suspected of starting a fire at an Aurora home Sunday was arrested on arson charges, according to the Aurora Police Department.

The fire damaged a home in the 3600 block of S. Idalia St. Sunday morning. Firefighters arrived on scene to a large body of fire on the backside of the home but quickly had it under control.

The suspect, 18-year-old Muhammed Afia, was booked on charges of second-degree arson and assault on a peace officer, the department said in a tweet. On Monday, police said Afia allegedly entered the house once the fire was considered "under control," but firefighters were still inside. He was escorted out of the home, which is when the altercation happened, police said.

Police said they do not know if Afia lives at the home, but a family member does.

The Aurora Fire Department said extensive damage to the interior and exterior of the home is preventing residents from returning. It's unclear how many people are displaced. No injuries were reported.

Afia was transported to the Aurora Jail is being held on bond. A booking photo was not available.

No other details were released.