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Police try to identify man in connection to possible arson

Wheat Ridge Police Department is investigating the fire after a pile of winter storm debris in Anderson Park went up in flames Monday night.

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Investigators are trying to identify a person of interest in a possible arson Monday night, Wheat Ridge Police Department said.

Arvada Fire responded around 10:45 p.m. to Anderson Park after a pile of winter storm debris the city collected from residents went up in flames, according to police.

The fire was contained to the parking lot, but police said it could have easily spread to the greenbelt and homes nearby.

Police posted video showing the fire:

A video shows a possible suspect in the fire walking towards the debris pile just before the fire started, and investigators are trying to identify the man, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Eversole at keversole@ci.wheatridge.co.us. 

Credit: Wheat Ridge Police Department

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Posted by Wheat Ridge Police Department on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Anyone with information can also call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

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From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

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