Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken into custody last Saturday for the suspected arson that started the Springs Fire, according to Costilla County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Jesper Joergensen was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in one of dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest.
Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen from Denmark and will be handed over to ICE once he has faced arson charges, said a Costilla County detention officer.
Dylan R Brown Agency – Farmers Insurance captured video of the wildfire as it devoured a home on Forbes Park in Fort Garland.
The wildfire has caused multiple disruptions in Colorado, including evacuations and road closures. The fire, which started on June 27, 2018, had grown to 40,000 acres in size by June 30. According to ABC News, the fire is located in “a rural, mountainous region in southern Colorado near Great Sand Dunes National Park. The wildfire is about two hours south of Colorado Springs and three hours south of Denver.”
The brief clip shows the driveway of the home as fire blazes its way toward the house.
Soon, a bright red light comes into view as the flames engulf the building.
The #SpringFire continues to burn on both sides of US 160 and the west side of CO 12. The closure of US 160 between Fort Garland and La Veta and the closure of CO 12 between Cuchara and La Veta, will continue. There is no estimated time of reopening. pic.twitter.com/MzkpNIJqOB
— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) June 30, 2018
Fox News reported that Joergensen is a Danish national and that he is an “illegal immigrant” to the United States, although other news sites, such as The Denver Post, reported only that he is not a citizen. Fox 31 also reported that Joergensen is from Denmark and that ICE has a detainer hold on him.