A 13-year-old Jefferson County girl is facing attempted murder and arson charges in connection with a series of fires in the area that authorities believe was meant to kill her family.
Jefferson County sheriff spokeswoman Jacki Kelly on Thursday said authorities arrested the teen on her fourth attempt.
Police suspect that the teen started the Meyer Ranch fire along U.S. 285 near Conifer back in April that grew to 40 acres. That fire caused the forced evacuation of 80 homes and the girl and her family lived near where the blaze started, according to the Denver Post.
Investigators did say the cause of that fire was arson but they weren't able to locate a suspect.
However, two other fires were ignited at the family's home within 24 hours. The second fire burned the home to the ground and the family moved to Evergreen. Investigators also suspected those fires were the work of an arsonist.
The Denver Post reported that a grass fire was intentionally set near the family's new home but it didn't burn any structures. Investigators then interviewed the family members another time before arresting the 13 year old on Tuesday.
Police said they cannot discuss the specifics of the interview.
The similarities in the fires were very hard to ignore, Kelley told the Denver Post.