Fire Victims Sue Man Accused Of Starting Wildfire

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Two victims who lost their home in a wildfire are suing the man accused of starting the blaze west of Fort Collins last April.

Curt Busby and Kelly O’Donnell say fourth-degree arson suspect Thomas Austin Howie was negligent in starting a slash pile on a windy day without a burn permit. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the lawsuit was filed last week.

The Coloradoan says Howie was a groundskeeper at the northern Colorado property co-owned by three current and former National Football League players with connections to Fort Collins, as well as Howie’s father Kenneth, a local dentist. All are named in the lawsuit.

The Crystal fire burned about 2,940 acres and at least 13 homes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Denver

Enter To Win!
Weather App

Listen Live

AM/FM Stations

Featured Shows & Multimedia