cbs4

Local

Fire Victims Sue Man Accused Of Starting Wildfire

View Comments
Mark Bowers took this photo April 3 of the Crystal Fire from Fort Collins.

Mark Bowers took this photo April 3 of the Crystal Fire from Fort Collins.

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.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,368 other followers