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Three suspected of arson for starting Chateau Fire in Teller County

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Three people are facing first-degree arson charges, accused of leaving an unauthorized and unattended campfire that led to the Chateau Fire in Teller County.

The fire started on June 29th along 2 acres of forested land in the High Chateau subdivision. More than 1,400 acres, 8 homes and numerous outbuildings were lost as a result of the fire that is now 95% contained. All evacuations were lifted on Friday.

The Teller County Sheriff's Office and arson experts from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), have been working to determine the cause of the blaze since it started. 

23-year old David Michael Renfrow, 19-year old Kegan Patrick Owens, and a 17-year-old minor are all in custody. Renfrow and Owens are residents of Manitou Springs. The 17-year-old is from Colorado Springs.

The Sheriff's Office said more people could be charged in this investigation.

Each person is facing 4-8 years in prison and a $3,000.00 to $750,000.00 fine.    

According to the arrest affidavits for Owens and Renfrow, the trio had gone camping on June 28 at a vacant property on Chateau Vista intending to stay the night. However, they left at about 10 p.m. due to anxieties over an earlier encounter with a black bear" in the area.

Owens told the detectives they had taken measures that they believe had extinguished the flames such pouring water and placing a layer of dirt in the fire ring. He also said he was aware of the fire ban because his father had called them earlier that night and told them not to light a campfire. 

Teller County residents and tourists who may be camping in the area are reminded that Stage III fire restrictions are in place. No open fires of any type are allowed in the unincorporated areas of Teller County. 


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