Weld County Fire Ruled Arson

Investigators Look For Tips In Locating Arsonist

A 1,000-acre grass fire that destroyed a home Thursday in Weld County was started by an arsonist, investigators said Friday.

The fire started in a sparsely populated area near County Roads 40 and 49, south of Kersey in Weld County. The blaze spread to a nearby unoccupied home, burning it nearly to the ground.

The home's owner was in the process of moving to Texas and firefighters said no fire mitigation had been done around it by the homeowner.

More than 40 firefighters from seven different fire departments were called in to help battle the blaze, according to Stephanie Cook, spokeswoman for Platte Valley Fire.

She said investigators are hoping to hear from anyone who was traveling between 2:30 and 3 p.m. on Weld County Road 49 on Thursday that saw any suspicious activity. They should call 877-89ARSON with information on what they saw.

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