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Man charged with arson following Kremmling shed fire

Local firefighters acted fast to stop a shed fire in Kremmling from reaching a home on Friday.
Kremmling Fire Protection District

Police arrested one man in connection with a shed fire in Kremmling that fire crews put out on Friday.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, emergency agencies responded to a report of a shed fire in Kremmling that was burning as close as three yards from nearby houses. Fire officials were able to douse the flames and determined the fire was human-caused.

A police investigation led to the arrest of Thomas Hill, 27, who was living in a trailer next to the shed with a fire ring with an active campfire out front, according to an arrest affidavit.

A US Forest Service fire investigator determined that the fire likely started near the fire ring, the affidavit says. The fire burned the shed structure, as well as a car inside the shed, and spread to a neighboring property.

Hill allegedly told police he lit the campfire nine days prior and said he believed the fire had started from a lit cigarette he threw in a pile of hay. Regardless, the affidavit said Hill told police he was “definitely” the cause of the fire.

According to the affidavit, Hill left his trailer around 10 a.m. and the fire didn’t start until about four hours later.

Hill is charged with first degree arson and reckless endangerment. He bonded out of the Grand County Jail on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond on Oct. 10.

Hill is scheduled to be in court on Oct. 26.


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