Investigators: Arson destroyed the historic Windsor Mill – Colorado News

Investigators: Arson destroyed the historic Windsor Mill – Colorado News

Arson was the cause of a fire that destroyed the historic Windsor Mill in what officials say was the largest fire in the town’s recent history.

Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives held a news conference Sunday morning in Windsor, along with officials from Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue and the Windsor Police Department.

“Someone intentionally set this fire and caused billions of dollars in damages, as well as harm to the people and town of Windsor,” said ATF Denver Field Division Special Agent in Charge Debora Livingston.

Authorities said they do not have any suspects, but they are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Windsor Mayor Kristie Melendez expressed anger after hearing the news that someone intentionally set fire to the historic building. Melendez said she felt almost as if the tragedy was occurring a second time.

“It’s one thing to have something like that — so devastating — happen, but then to know that it was intentional I think makes it even worse,” she said. “So for me it’s very emotional today, more so than initially at the fire, to think that somebody would have done that intentionally.”

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Melendez said she hopes the community can receive closure on the incident, and encouraged residents to step forward with any information that could help in the investigation.

The fire in the mill began before 2 a.m. Aug. 6, with flames appearing to reach 50 feet, according to images provided by Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue. Smaller flames continued to lap at the charred debris through mid-morning that day, smoldering and filling downtown Windsor with smoke…

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