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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  • by Michell on Jul 31, 2007 at 08:23 AM
    Do you have an update on this?
  • by Terri Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 12, 2007 at 11:20 PM
    I have known this family for a while and have worked with both Todd and Michele and watched their kids for them. I can not believe what this family has been through and then for someone to do this, this is absolutely uncalled for. They are a hard working family, trying to survive,for someone to take so much from them. Some things can not ever be replaced. Lord willing they find who is responsible.
  • by Dawn Location: Salida on Jul 11, 2007 at 10:19 PM
    An account has been set up for the family at Pueblo Bank and Trust for those wishing to make a Monetary donation for the family of Todd and Michele Jorgensen.
  • by Lauri on Jul 11, 2007 at 04:48 PM
    Christina: If you could please email me at lmartin@kktv11news.com, I can get you in touch with the family.
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 11, 2007 at 03:35 PM
    A three year old boy and a 12 year old girl. God Bless you.
  • by Sheila Location: Pueblo on Jul 11, 2007 at 02:10 PM
    I am a dear friend of the family. The family has endured the loss of child, numerous hospitaliizations, and now this within this past year. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Bailee is 12 and Brady is 3.
  • by Jared Location: Colo Spgs on Jul 11, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    I believe only one other child, age two. I live down the street from them and saw them in the front yard with the kids all the time.
  • by CHRISTINA Location: CS on Jul 11, 2007 at 09:22 AM
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