Arson Investigation

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A fire destroys thousands of dollars worth of traffic signals at the city shop in Pueblo. And, investigators say they're sure someone intentionally set the blaze.

Fire officials say, after examining the burn pattern, it is obvious the fire was deliberately set.

About 100 used traffic signals, each valued at around $120, were in a pile outside the city building waiting for workers to go through them. It's a process the city goes through every ten years.

"They'd been used. We take them down, rebuild them, put them back up," says traffic maintenance supervisor, Lew Bergevin.

City officials say, though the signals were being housed in a gated area, it's one that's not locked at night and it would have been easy for someone to trespass.

Assistant fire chief, Dennis Rosolini says he believes the fire is arson since there was nothing in or around the building to have started it by natural causes.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will use samples from the scene to confirm the fire was indeed arson. Pueblo Police will handle the criminal investigation to find the person or persons responsible.

If you know who started the fire, please call Crime Stoppers in Pueblo at 542-STOP or in Colorado Springs at 634-STOP.