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House Fire May Have Been Burglary Cover-Up

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

A fire tears through a house destroying it. Springs Fire Investigators say now it may have been intentionally set to cover-up a burglary. The fire happened on the 4600 block of Skylark last Friday before noon right after the family had hopped on a plane for vacation.

Windows are blown out. The glass is shattered amongst the debris. That’s all that's left after a fire ripped through the Jorgensen home. "We had fire coming out of the back on the east side of structure with 15 foot flame links," Springs Fire Investigator Tony Seeley says.

The fire burned so intense, ripping through the house. Even the trampoline outside melted. The family had just left for vacation. They still haven't seen their charred kitchen table. "It's devastating and so sad. I feel badly for the kids who have to come home to see this. It’ll be hard for them," Michael Jorgensen says. He’s the father of the homeowner. He adds that his family doesn't have a whole lot to come home to.

Fire investigators search the house. They think the fire may be arson, motivated by another crime. "Maybe it's to cover-up a botched burglary possibly," says Seeley.

For now, a few kids' toys and a melted DVD may be all the family has to begin to re-build. "There isn't anything that's salvageable."

To make the story even worse, the family lost their 6-month-old son to SIDS a short while ago. They went to New York to attend a fundraiser for SIDS research.

Investigators are looking for anyone who either saw people in the neighborhood or know what may have happened. Call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP in Colorado Springs.


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