Aug 7, 2011 4:03 PM by Andy Koen

Witness: it looked like they they were setting it on fire

A car fire that burned three vehicles in Pueblo Sunday morning looks like it was intentionally set. The blaze began around 9:30 a.m. inside a Cadillac Escalade that was parked at the northwest corner of Pueblo Boulevard and 11th Street. The wind caught the flames and burned two other vehicles that were parked next to it.

Heidi Mints was parked nearby and says she saw a man jump out of the Escalade and into another car that sped away just before the fire started.

"From what I saw it looked they were intentionally setting that car on fire, I didn't see them take anything out of the vehicle, it looked like they were setting it on fire," Mints said.

She says the pair drove away in a older model, white sedan. The man was wearing what looked like green gloves or oven mitts.

The fire investigators and detectives with the Pueblo County Sheriff's office are on scene. They need to find evidence that the fire was intentionally set before officially ruling it as arson.

This fire has hit a Pueblo family especially hard. The two other vehicles that burned belonged to a pair of sisters who were in town visiting relatives. They had parked next to the Escalade prior to taking bike ride at the Pueblo Nature Center.

We'll hear more from them tonight at 10:00 on News First 5.


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