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Suspicious wildfires threaten Greeley home and horses

KIRK MITCHELL
the denver post

Three wildfires erupted almost simultaneously in pasture land on the western outskirts of Greeley early this morning, threatening a house and several horses in a corral.

About 30 firefighters from four departments focused on getting a 10-acre blaze out that was swiftly approaching the home at 83rd Avenue just south of 28th Street, said Roger Waters, acting battalion chief of the Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority.

Firefighters were called originally about 3 a.m. as the flames spread on the dry grass, Waters said. They were able to cut the fire off before it reached the corrals, he said.

An investigation into how the fires were started is underway. All three grass fires were burning within a half-mile area.

“It’s suspicious when three wildfires burst into flame at the same time that are so close to each other,” he said. “Two were literally across the street from each other.”

Firefighters are in the mop up stage this morning, although one large haystack that caught on fire will likely be smouldering for a few days, Waters said.

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Firefighters from Millikin, Johnstown and Windsor helped extinguish the three fires.

The Larimer County District attorney’s office on Friday charged Joel Ledermann with arson for starting the Sept. 12 Reservoir Road fire, which destroyed two homes west of Loveland and cost more than $2 million to fight.

Ledermann was burning a slash pile of twigs, leaves and grass that got out of control. His attorney said he was devastated by the damage caused by the fire.