Homeless man accused of igniting field

Grand Junction firefighters clean up after a field fire Monday afternoon on the east side of 28 Road. Grand Junction police arrested a homeless man suspected of starting the fire.



A man who apparently was upset that the weed cover in an open field where he lived off 28 Road had been mowed recently was arrested after setting fire to the grass, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

A Grand Junction police officer who was responding to a report of an argument at a nearby bar, the Brass Rail, 476 28 Road, saw a man lighting the field on fire as he walked.

The suspect, Charles Hoffman, 49, was arrested by police.

Three units and firefighters from the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished a fire that spread to about 2 acres, said Sean Hazelhurst, a spokesman with the Fire Department.

The vacant lot off 28 Road long has been utilized by homeless people who made camps in the tall brush that formerly occupied the lot.


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