Mobile-home arson suspect arrested
September 2, 2003
Steamboat Springs — A Breckenridge man was arrested on suspicion of fourth- degree arson after a manufactured home and two cars were destroyed in a fire Monday night.
A trailer on Routt County Road 14E and two vehicles parked next to it were engulfed in flames by the time the Steamboat Springs Fire Department arrived on the scene.
Three people were in the home when it caught fire, but no one was severely injured. The home, at 30625 County Road 14E, and the two vehicles, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru, were destroyed.
On Tuesday, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Jeff Kyle Rigdon, who is being charged with two counts of fourth-degree arson.
Investigator Ken Klinger said the fire was caused by Rigdon dumping camping fuel on hot coals in a stove in the home.
Rigdon, who already had a warrant out for his arrest for traffic violations, fled the scene.
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A man who was renting the mobile home escaped through the bedroom window and a woman escaped through the back door. Rigdon, who was visiting the renter, had third-degree burns on his ankle and second-degree burns on his forearms.
The sheriff’s office alerted agencies to look for Rigdon, Klinger said, and he was found Tuesday when seeking treatment for the burns.
Rigdon will appear in court today. His bail is set for more than $5,000.
Steamboat Springs Fire Inspector Scott Andre said the fire department received the call at 10:18 p.m. Monday. Although the home and the cars were fully engulfed, Andre said the fire department was able to protect a nearby barn from catching on fire.
Klinger said the trailer was engulfed in eight to 10 minutes.