Carbondale fire “suspicious”

Sep 16, 2015

Firefighters at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, early Wednesday morning.
Credit Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

Carbondale’s Fire Department says a fire at a community center has raised concerns. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District responded early Wednesday to a small structure fire at the Third Street Center. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is now analyzing what may have happened.

“All I can say right now is the fire is suspicious in nature,” said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling later Wednesday. “We’re currently investigating to see what the cause...was, and to try and get us additional evidence that can lead us to a conclusion to what went on.”

The fire was in the offices of the Center for Independence, which provides services for people with disabilities. Schilling says the fire likely was related to a bank break-in later Wednesday morning. Nothing was taken after a man broke windows at the ANB Bank, also in Carbondale.

The blaze at the Third Street Center was put out by the building’s sprinkler system and a neighbor. Schilling says Carbondale has not had an arson, or a CBI fire investigation, in the last two years.