Arson suspected in Keystone storage shed fire |

Arson suspected in Keystone storage shed fire

Jane Reuter

KEYSTONE – Arson is suspected in an early Monday fire that destroyed a wooden storage shed near Keystone Stables.

The loss is only estimated at $15,000, but firefighters say they’re more concerned about the prospect of arson.

“Any information at all would help us with this investigation,” said Snake River Fire Chief Dave Parmley. “It appears there may have been intent with this particular incident, so we would appreciate anyone that might have seen anything notifying the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.”

A passing driver called the fire in at about 12:45 a.m. The 20-by-20-foot shed is fairly well removed from the stables themselves, Parmley said, but it is adjacent to the rodeo arena. Keystone Property Management uses the shed as storage for housekeeping supplies.

“The fire was pretty well knocked down within a matter of minutes,” he said. “There were no injuries and no witnesses.”

Captain John Young said he believes it’s an intentional fire by the lack of evidence pointing elsewhere.

“We have pretty much, 99 percent, eliminated any possible accidental cause, which leaves us going in one direction,” he said. “There is some evidence we’re looking at that indicates where the fire started, but there’s nothing in that area that could cause it to be accidental.”

Anyone with information on the fire is urged to call the sheriff’s office at (970) 453-2232.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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