Fire Investigation

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

An abandoned Grand Junction home burned to the ground late Saturday night, and fire officials say its suspicious. They think someone started it but aren't sure if it was on purpose or by accident because of the homeowners unusual history.

1138 Sundial Road was allegedly purchased with funds from a multimillion dollar ponzi scheme. The owner of the home, listed as Michael Jenkins was arrested for those charges and pled “not guilty” back in 2007. From 2004 until Jenkins’ arrest in early 2007 the sheriff's office was dispatched to 1138 Sundial Road on numerous occasions, for a variety of problems including assaults, one sex offense and even arson in 2007.

The house was quiet until 2009 then a couple of trespass calls from neighbors complaining about parties being thrown in the abandoned home. Now with much of the physical evidence burned, authorities are trying to determine whether the fire was started during one of those parties or if it's connected to the lengthy criminal history at the residence.

According to the Mesa County Public Trustee's office the house is currently being foreclosed on. It is one of several purchased throughout the country by Jenkins and two other men, who are all awaiting trial to face the charges that they defrauded investors out of more than 32–million dollars.

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