LAKEWOOD - When Joshua Berry woke up this morning, he had no idea what was going on. But, he did know that something was very wrong.
"There was a lot of smoke inside my house," Berry said. "I woke up coughing."
Berry lives right next to a large carport where 11 cars and one motorcycle were destroyed by fire on south Estes St. in Lakewood.
"The whole carport was on fire. Everything was on fire. Everything was burning," Berry said. "Flames were at least 50 to 70 feet high."
A witness told 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas "an explosion shook my bed and the entire apartment. First, there was a big explosion. Then, a little explosion."
The string of fires started at a home near Alaska Place and Carr St. Frank Tracey's car was fire in his driveway. The flames then spread to the garage, to a second car, then eventually to the rest of the house while he and his family slept at 4:11 a.m.
"My mom was sound asleep which the smoke was still coming in. And, my brother was asleep with the door shut," Tracey said. "But, I was already gagging because the smoke alarms were all going off. So, the smoke just filled the house so quickly. upstairs."
The 5:11 a.m., fire was spotted at West Cedar Avenue and South Cody Street. Fire officials say the fire started in the passenger seat of a car and engulfed the vehicle.
Thirty minutes later, at 341 South Estes, the carport was in flames destroying the line of cars including Berry's.
"I've got a part-time job and I've been saving my money to get a car and of course, winter's coming," Berry said.
Forty five minutes later. a pick-up truck is on fire at an apartment complex at 364 South Estes. It belonged to handyman and landscaper who lost tools and materials in his vehicle. He says it was his livelihood.
"Why us?" Marta Steck, victim who lost her car in the carport," said. "It's not fair. It's not really fair. If that's what's done on purpose, it's not fair."
Investigators are looking each scene individually, but are looking into the likeilihood that these four fires within a half-mile of each other are caused by the same person.
"It's being investigated as suspicious and intentional," Fire Marshal Bruce Kral said.
Kral is with the West Metro Fire Protection District. He says investigators need the public's help with any leads or if someone saw something suspicious in the area early Tuesday morning.
"We'll get as much evidence as we can from the incidents that we have. Although, as you can see, there was a lot of destruction. That will be difficult."
Fire victims like Berry, Steck, and Tracey wonder who could have done such a thing.
"It was somebody who had a vengeance or a motive towards society," Berry said.
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