CU-Boulder Police investigating two arsons over spring break

Published: April 2, 2012

The University of Colorado Police Department is investigating two arsons that occurred on campus over spring break.

The first fire happened on March 27 at about 5:45 a.m. in the ATLAS (Alliance for Technology, Learning And Society) Building. A custodial crew discovered a burnt newspaper on the carpet just inside the northeast entrance of the building. No damage occurred to the carpet or the building.

The second fire occurred on April 1 at about 5:45 a.m. outside of the Education Building. A Police Department community safety official noticed flames were traveling up the side of the building. He quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher and doused the flames, but saw debris still smoldering. The Boulder Fire Department extinguished the remainder of the smoldering debris.

The burnt debris consisted of charred newspapers, bottles and magazines in an area approximately 10 feet long by 4 feet wide. The east wall of the Education Building had black char marks from the ground to the roof more than 8 feet wide. A window was covered in black soot and had multiple cracks in the glass. A preliminary estimate of damage comes to $800.

The Police Department asks that anyone with information on these crimes contact Detective Brian Jordan at 303-492-8168. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

Ryan Huff, Police Department communications manager, 303-492-7581