Investigators: 4-year-old started hou...

Investigators: 4-year-old started house fire

There are 70 comments on the KUSA Denver story from Jul 24, 2007, titled Investigators: 4-year-old started house fire. In it, KUSA Denver reports that:

" Investigators believe a 4-year-old boy playing with a lighter started a house fire that caused more than $160,000 in damages.

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Kaos

United States

#1 Jul 24, 2007
(Authorities say if you find a child playing with fire you should get help. Many fire departments across Colorado offer free Juvenile Fire Setting Programs. North Metro Fire Rescue District's program helps children and their families address these fire play and fire setting issues. The program is designed to meet each child's specific needs and it is confidential.)
Or you could keep lighters and matches away from kids!
fun lovin life

United States

#2 Jul 24, 2007
Ummmmmmmmm........ shouldn't that be worded differently than "Juvenile Fire Setting Programs"....Sounds like they are encouraging it....

I'm glad everyone is okay.
Mike in TX

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jul 24, 2007
wonder if one of the parents left the lighter out after smoking.
AMH

Edmond, OK

#4 Jul 24, 2007
Kaos wrote:
(Authorities say if you find a child playing with fire you should get help. Many fire departments across Colorado offer free Juvenile Fire Setting Programs. North Metro Fire Rescue District's program helps children and their families address these fire play and fire setting issues. The program is designed to meet each child's specific needs and it is confidential.)
Or you could keep lighters and matches away from kids!
No kidding! If you find a "child playing with fire" it is probably too late to do much other than call the fire dept. from a neighbor's and hope everyone gets out all right.
Betty

Englewood, CO

#5 Jul 24, 2007
"Authorities say if you find a child playing with fire you should get help."
WTF does that mean?

“Seedy Red head”

Since: Apr 07

D-Town BayBe

#6 Jul 24, 2007
My daughter lit our basement on fire. Ewy, it was scary. She was four, too. I was finally able to get the flames out but the fire department still busted out all our windows in the basement. Candles are OFF LIMITS in my house. I get little flash backs all the time.

Thank GOD the family got out OK. My prayers are with them. Hopefully they had insurance. But really, who cares about material things at a time like this. They're all alive and won't have to live with burn scars for the rest of their lives.
ace

Monroe, LA

#7 Jul 24, 2007
when i was 4 i started a fire ..........in the heart of my babysitter.
tinky winky

Bloomington, IL

#8 Jul 24, 2007
glad they are all safe. good luck getting insurance for the new place....
Cheech

Rochedale, Australia

#9 Jul 24, 2007
Raspberry wrote:
My daughter lit our basement on fire. Ewy, it was scary. She was four, too. I was finally able to get the flames out but the fire department still busted out all our windows in the basement. Candles are OFF LIMITS in my house. I get little flash backs all the time.
Thank GOD the family got out OK. My prayers are with them. Hopefully they had insurance. But really, who cares about material things at a time like this. They're all alive and won't have to live with burn scars for the rest of their lives.
So that's why you're HOTRedberry. 7 is my lucky number too. Your little girl gets that from you chiquita or her daddy? Somebody must have a psycho gene!!(Joking) I guess I must be too.(joking) When I was 7, I and a friend were just seeing how to light matches in his back lot. We played a game to see who could hold them till they burned down the farthest (pacos pendejos!) Well I won but also burned my fingers and threw down the matches right onto a roll of tarpaper next to me. Whoosh!! Tarpaper catches on fire in 3 seconds. There were lots of dried out weeds back there and the whole area caught on fire. I ran home and hid under my bed. Fortunately the Fire Dept. put it out before it got too big. Boys will be boys. We weren't trying to be bad or anything, we just got some matches and were curious. After my wicked stepmother came, they gave me tests to see if I was psycho. years later I was told by relatives that I wasn't but she was!!

Be especially careful as your son gets older. Hoyness must run in your family. lol

Since: May 07

United States

#10 Jul 24, 2007
ace wrote:
when i was 4 i started a fire ..........in the heart of my babysitter.
Gross. Keep your fantasies to yourself. Thanks.

Since: May 07

United States

#11 Jul 24, 2007
Having kids is quite the liability ain't it. So glad I don't carry that burden!

“It's pronounced DAG-uth.”

Since: Jun 07

Windsor, CO

#12 Jul 24, 2007
$160,000 in damage. Well, there goes his allowance.

“Seedy Red head”

Since: Apr 07

D-Town BayBe

#13 Jul 24, 2007
Ha, ha, ha, ha!
RM in AZ wrote:
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Gross. Keep your fantasies to yourself. Thanks.

“Seedy Red head”

Since: Apr 07

D-Town BayBe

#14 Jul 24, 2007
What up, Cheech? Where ya been?

Yeah, after the fire, the fire department said they were going to go to her pre-school and talk about fire in her honor. They never showed! They got her all excited and never went. That's kinda poopy of them!
Cheech wrote:
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So that's why you're HOTRedberry. 7 is my lucky number too. Your little girl gets that from you chiquita or her daddy? Somebody must have a psycho gene!!(Joking) I guess I must be too.(joking) When I was 7, I and a friend were just seeing how to light matches in his back lot. We played a game to see who could hold them till they burned down the farthest (pacos pendejos!) Well I won but also burned my fingers and threw down the matches right onto a roll of tarpaper next to me. Whoosh!! Tarpaper catches on fire in 3 seconds. There were lots of dried out weeds back there and the whole area caught on fire. I ran home and hid under my bed. Fortunately the Fire Dept. put it out before it got too big. Boys will be boys. We weren't trying to be bad or anything, we just got some matches and were curious. After my wicked stepmother came, they gave me tests to see if I was psycho. years later I was told by relatives that I wasn't but she was!!
Be especially careful as your son gets older. Hoyness must run in your family. lol
mommy

Bryan, TX

#15 Jul 24, 2007
well they now know to keep lighters and what not out of the reach of children so this won't happen

Since: Jun 07

Prescott, AZ

#16 Jul 24, 2007
Raspberry wrote:
My daughter lit our basement on fire. Ewy, it was scary. She was four, too. I was finally able to get the flames out but the fire department still busted out all our windows in the basement. Candles are OFF LIMITS in my house. I get little flash backs all the time.
Thank GOD the family got out OK. My prayers are with them. Hopefully they had insurance. But really, who cares about material things at a time like this. They're all alive and won't have to live with burn scars for the rest of their lives.
My sister did that when she was, you guessed it, 4. she was playing wth matches, droped on, and nearly burnt the house down. my mom yelled at me for it.-_-
Harmoni

Denver, CO

#17 Jul 24, 2007
What parent laves a lighter available to a 4-year-old????
Harmoni

Denver, CO

#18 Jul 24, 2007
whoops: that's "leaves."
godmother of the boy

Coalinga, CA

#19 Jul 24, 2007
I just want to say thanks to all the response's and to who ever wants to know ,, My brother and his wife do not smoke,we so not know where he found the lighter, so to the person who wrote "What parent leaves a lighter availtble to a 4 year old ??? That's that, ALso to all who wants to know the 4 year old was just curious like any other child and says he was trying to do magic..
Michael

Colorado Springs, CO

#20 Jul 24, 2007
Children are by their very nature, the most curious creatures alive. You can count on them to get into and experiment with almost everything.

Thankfully this little guy trusted his parents enough to go for help, it would have turned out much worse if he had tried to hide.

Be careful about criticizing his parents too much. You may one day find yourself trying to defend your parenting skills in the face of a child's mischief.

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