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Suspect arrested in Sunday's Security Boulevard house fire


Last updated 6/22/2020 at 12:26pm

Photo courtesy of Jennifer McIntyre

Firefighters finish putting out the house fire in the 100 block of Security Boulevard Sunday evening.

A man was arrested Sunday evening following a house fire on Security Boulevard, which inflicted serious damage to the building and singed the neighboring house many longtime residents remember as the Sinnes house, or the "bird farm."

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Tre Montez Williams was arrested and booked into the county jail on charges of first-degree arson, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Security Fire Department contained the fire mostly to a detached garage and carport area, Battalion Chief James Chapman said. A door leading to the kitchen and the entry into the kitchen sustained some damage. The house had been sold about a year ago and was being renovated.

Sheriff's Office deputies also were on scene escorting nearby residents out of homes.

Chapman said firefighters noticed "suspicious looking patterns" while investigating the fire. Officials obtained video surveillance footage from the church across the street and narrowed in on a suspect.

Photo courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office

Tre Montez Williams was arrested in connection with the fire, which authorities are classifying as arson.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Williams was portraying himself as a witness. However, after review of the video footage it was determined he was actually a suspect in the arson.

Jennifer McIntryre, who lived in the home for 17 years until she sold it nearly a year ago, said her grandparents, John and Ruth Sinnes, raised all kinds of birds and even deer on the property next door. The house where the fire began is just north of the Sinnes house.

"They used to do field trips and a bunch more things with the community," she said. "My grandpa was involved with the Security Fire Department forever. But they were really big with the communities from all over."

Both houses were sold after the couple passed away.

The Sinnes Bird Park was famous locally as a favorite field trip destination. Other natives remember the large metal bike with a stuffed bear or other stuffed animal "riding" it near the front of the yard.


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