Bowling Alley Rebuilds, No Conviction in Arson Case

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

It's been two years since a fire that was deliberately set destroyed four businesses in Rifle. Although a suspect is behind bars, he has not been convicted.

Ava Bowles says her dreams of retirement came crashing down.
Two years ago she and her husband jack bought Fireside Lanes in Rifle
but before they even got a chance to open the bowling alley, someone burned it down.

The blaze destroyed three other businesses. The fire caused 1.6 million dollars worth of damage.

After a seven month investigation Rifle police arrested 46 year old Robin Clifton.

His criminal history includes five felony charges in four states.

This Labor Day marks the two year anniversary of the fire and Clifton hasn't been convicted.

He's behind bars at the Garfield County Jail on a 510 thousand dollars bond.

Bowles says a conviction will give her some closure but she knows it takes time.

The Bowles say they may never recover financially. They say even though they have learned a lot through the experience and try to stay positive, they say things will never be the same.

Robin Clifton is scheduled to be in court December 6th for a pretrial hearing.

His trial is set for January 28th.

Ava Bowles says she has been subpoenaed to testify in the case.


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