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Arson Suspects Refuse To Tell Police Why They Allegedly Set Fire To Railroad Ties

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Firefighters in Longmont battled railroad ties on fire (credit: CBS)

Firefighters in Longmont battled railroad ties on fire (credit: CBS)

LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4)- Two arson suspects have refused to tell police why they allegedly set fire to railroad ties in Longmont on Wednesday night.

The fire broke out about 8 p.m. Wednesday near 1st Ave. and Martin Street, just east of the City of Longmont waste water treatment plant. It was still burning on Thursday morning.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Police arrested August Adams, 18, and Robert Fitzpatrick, 22, after a witness identified them as the ones who started the fire.

August Adams and Robert Fitzpatrick (credit: Longmont Police)

August Adams and Robert Fitzpatrick (credit: Longmont Police)

They have been charged with second-degree arson. Detectives are trying to figure out why they may have set the fire.

No structures were in damaged. About 300 homes and businesses were without power for a couple of hours after the fire destroyed a major power line.

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