Fires In Bozeman Under Investigation – Suspects In Trailer Fire In Custody
On Thursday, (September 20, 2012), a trailer at 2220 W. main was destroyed in a fire in an apparent arson.
The Bozeman Police Department has made arrests of three 14 year old juvenile females in the incident, who are being held in youth detention on charges of Felony Arson.
Police cannot release further information regarding these arrests, primarily because of the ages involved.
Then , in the early morning hours yesterday, (September 22, 2012), Fire and Police responded to three area fires.
The first was a trailer on the 800 block of N. 17th. The trailer is destroyed. No one was in the trailer at the time of the fire.
The second was a trailer on the 1200 block of E. Main. The trailer is badly damaged. A male tenant was in the trailer at the time of the fire, but was able to get out without injuries.
The third was in a dumpster near the intersection of N. 7th avenue and Tamarack Street.
Shortly after midnight today, September 23, 2012, Fire and Police responded to a fire at the 3700 block of Pipestone drive. A residence under construction was engulfed in flames and ultimately destroyed.
The response time by fire personnel and police officers was done in a very timely and professional manner, resulting in immediate fire suppression to each of these fires, with damage to area buildings, property and persons kept to a minimum.
The Bozeman Police Department, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and fire investigators with the Bozeman Fire Department, are working around the clock in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to investigate these incidents.
In light of recent fires at Heritage Christian School on W. Durston and a business on Stoneridge Drive, officials are considering all of these fires to be suspicious.
These investigations are being done in a joint-team approach to ensure the investigations are being done properly, all leads are being shared and followed up and cause of each fire is being determined.
While the types and number of fires is very suspicious, authorities have not determined whether any of these fires are related to each other.
The public is encouraged to remain vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity immediately by calling 911. Anyone with information regarding these incidents can contact the Bozeman Police Department Detective Division at 582-2010, Crimestoppers at 586-1131 (reward eligible), or report by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.