Police say there’s no pattern in Rifle fires
September 6, 2005
Police say they are positive fires that destroyed two Rifle businesses early Labor Day morning were intentionally set.But why? And by whom?Answers to those questions are not yet known, but investigators say they are determined to find out.”We will stay with this until our leads are exhausted or until it is solved,” Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner said.Three fires were reported early Monday morning. The first was shortly after 3 a.m. at the Rifle Fireside Lanes in north Rifle, the second about an hour later at a condominium complex at 26th Street and Meadow Circle, and the third shortly after 4:30 a.m. at the Rifle Amoco service station in the 100 block of Railroad Avenue. A fourth attempted fire was reported at the Mi Hacienda restaurant just south of the condo complex off Highway 13. The restaurant and condo complex sustained some damage, but both the bowling alley and the gas station were complete losses. Meisner said there was no rhyme or reason to the fires.”There is no theme, nobody is claiming responsibility, and there is no significance in the targets,” he said.”We have a lot of leads that we need to follow, and we have some witnesses.”A fire investigation was completed Monday night, and owners were allowed to return to their properties. It is now up to the property owners and their insurance companies to decide if they want to rebuild.Meanwhile, the Rifle Police Department has stepped up its patrol throughout town to help prevent any additional attacks. Business and homeowners are being warned to be vigilant in watching over their property.Anyone with information regarding the fires should contact the Rifle Police Department at (970) 625-2271.