Colorado wildfire allegedly started with slash pile |

Colorado wildfire allegedly started with slash pile

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – The wildfire that burned 13 homes in northern Colorado allegedly started on land that’s partly owned by three current and former NFL players.

Authorities say a Fort Collins man admitted to starting the fire by burning a slash pile and then leaving the scene. The Larimer County sheriff’s office said 36-year-old Thomas Howie didn’t report the fire.

The fire allegedly started on land partly owned by Howie’s father. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports property records show that three football players, including two who played for Colorado State, also hold a stake in the property.

They are Houston Texans tight end Joel Dreessen, Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Erik Pears and Jeffrey M. Donaldson. Donaldson lives in Fort Collins and was a defensive back for the Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons.

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