Christopher Padgett accused of racking up nine arson counts in three blocks

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Christopher Padgett, eighteen, is accused of being a busy boy.

The Denver District Attorney's Office is charging Padget with nine counts of arson related to blazes all set on the same night within three blocks of each other in the Park Hill neighborhood.

The Denver Police Department account can be found in a probable cause statement on view below, along with more photos and details.

Just shy of 2 a.m. on April 8, the report says, the Denver Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire on the 4600 block of East 23rd Avenue.

The building in question appears to have been a warehouse related to Spinelli's Market. CBS4 reports that it sustained considerable damage.

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From the Spinelli's Market Facebook page.
That should have been more than enough to keep firefighters busy. But just as they were arriving at the address in question, more alerts came through about vehicle fires within a block or two.

How many? The probable cause statement counts seven, and judging by this photo shared by CBS4, the damage was considerable:

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Courtesy of CBS4
As more personnel, including police officers, flooded the scene, a sergeant happened to notice a young man -- Padgett -- hiding behind a car near one of the flaming vehicles.

When the sarge approached, Padgett did the only sensible thing: He ran away. But with officers everywhere, he was soon taken into custody. The cops who brought him in noted that his clothing smelled strongly of smoke and he had matches and a lighter on his person.

Later that morning, the report says Padgett was questioned and admitted to setting at least four of the fires. But he's being charged with firing up seven, along with two structures; CBS4 mentions a garage, as well as a bush that has seen better days.

A prank that got out of control or a sign of a serious fire obsession? Hard to say -- but Padgett faces more than a slap on the wrist. He's being charged with one count of first-degree arson, for which a conviction carries up to twelve years behind bars, and nine counts of second-degree arson, each of which could earn him another six years.

Padgett was released from custody on a $50,000 bond and will appear in court next Tuesday to be formally advised of the charges against him. As such, the heat is on.

Here's a larger look at Padgett's booking photo, followed by the aforementioned probable cause statement.

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Christopher Padgett.

Christopher Padgett Probable Cause Statement

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Child charged with arson follows dozen 2012 juvie busts for starting fires in Colorado Springs."

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

For some, burning candles is a form of 'fire-infatuation' .

I'm not quite sure if this is actually true . I just came up w/ it & it DOES make a bit of sense .

Nandrolone
Nandrolone

This boy is mentally ill. His actions are screaming it! He is on fire! He is showing all how he feels. Something horrible has happened to him and or genetic glitches add chemical substances hoping to kill pain and more times than not combustive reaction literally and figuratively. 

swellsSWells828
swellsSWells828

Try to burn down Spinelli's = locked away for life. That place is awesome.

shakedownevents27
shakedownevents27

I'll just like to let everyone know that I was this kids best friend, and before the night this happened, he had tried killing himself by eating 9 Anti depressant pills, and drinking heavily. If you want the full story on the  the last 48 hours of chris padgett, you can take a look at my tumblr.  I should write for westword magazine haha

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Too bad the DPD building wasn't among his targets ! This P.O.S. only attacked those w/o a true reason or defense .

WHY keep sparing the ones who have turned Denver into 'mini-Nazi' war zone ?

jtcolfax
jtcolfax

So, they are watching TV, and logging online?

jtcolfax
jtcolfax

So, the Denver PD is watching TV, and logging online?

jtcolfax
jtcolfax

So, the Denver PD is watching TV, and logging online?

Lou Moss
Lou Moss

He looks like he likes to light things on fire.

latexlolita
latexlolita

OMG . . . his Tshirt says Notorious. I cant! I'm done. The #irony!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Nandrolone  

You couldn't be closer to the OBVIOUS . I wonder if the 'educated pros' will agree .

We'll have to wait and see ......

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Cognitive_Dissident  

Imagine pissing off E.T. ??!!

He'd burn Earth w/ merely the tip of his finger .

Creates an entire new image for the phrase, 'Finger-Bang' .......

ohtheirony
ohtheirony

Hey...didnt your sister suck his dick?

jasonseeker1
jasonseeker1

@Lou Moss yeah because when you look at someone you can tell.

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