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ATF: Fire that destroyed iconic building in Windsor was arson

WINDSOR, Colo. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced Sunday that the fire that destroyed an iconic building in Windsor was set intentionally.

Fire consumed the site of the historic Windsor Mill early Sunday, Aug. 6, Windsor Severance Fire Rescue said. The site was in the process of being refurbished.

Investigators do not have a suspect or a motive.

“I can tell you it was intentionally set but I can’t tell you how or why,” investigators stated during a press conference.

Officials said the structure at 301 Main Street was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Windsor Severance Fire Rescue described it as a “very large and hot fire.”

Crews arrived at about 1:50 a.m. and the fire wasn’t contained until about 9:15 a.m.

The ATF’s Denver Field Division is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects.

“This fire did not need to happen. Someone caused it, so someone out there knows what took place that night. We hope they will come forward,” Denver Field Division Special Agent in Charge Debora Livingston said in a statement.

“Right now, we in Public Safety need to draw upon this community power to not only find whoever is responsible for this devastating fire, but to stand up in support of the recovery process. We will emerge stronger than ever,” stated Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Chief Herb Brady.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact investigators Sgt. Shainline or Detective Hogsett at 970.674.6400; or email

You can also call Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip through ATF’s new “reportit” app available at and at Google Play and the Apple App Store. All tips to the app are confidential and can be anonymous.



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