GJ man accused of setting fires outside, inside of his rental home

Grand Junction Firefighters mop up at 520 West Hall After a man tryed to burn his house down from the outside, barricaded himself in the house as he started fires inside. Police forcebly entered and took the man into custody .



By EMILY ANDERSON
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Grand Junction police arrested 33-year-old Jeremy Awbery Thursday evening after he allegedly set his rental home ablaze.

Neighbors saw Awbery setting the exterior of the home where he lives at 520 W. Hall Ave. alight Thursday around 7:30 p.m. and helped douse the flames, according to Grand Junction police Sgt. Lonnie Chavez. When Grand Junction firefighters arrived, Awbery went inside the home and tried to set the interior of the house on fire. Authorities entered the home and police arrested him.

Awbery was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

“At this point we don’t believe anyone else was in the home” at the time of the fire, Chavez said.

According to neighbors, Awbery lived in the home with his wife.

The fire caused an estimated $1,500 in damages, said Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page.

“The fire wasn’t really significant, but the incident was,” Page said.

Police at first thought Awbery was mentally disturbed, but when they found out he did not own the home, they decided to arrest him, according to Chavez.


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