Man arrested for starting fire that damaged Broadmoor Community Church

Derric Cooper
Derric Cooper / Colorado Springs Police Department

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Authorities have arrested a man they say started a fire at Broadmoor Community Church Saturday morning, causing heavy damage to the building’s roof and electrical system.

Police say the suspect, identified as Derric Cooper, started a warming fire near the outside of the church. He was arrested after the incident Saturday afternoon.

Fire and arson investigators say some cardboard recycling by a back door had been set on fire and spread to the roof of an alcove.

It’s unclear what charges he could be facing at this time.

There were about a dozen people present in the church but there were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Fire officials have reported an estimated $23,000 in damage, mostly confined to the building’s exterior. There was very little fire damage inside the building.

Thanks to the dual response from CSFD and Broadmoor Fire Department, around $5,473,372 in structure and contents was saved, according to officials.

The church remains closed, but they expect to reopen for services and activities next week for Holy Week.

For the latest updates, check the church’s Facebook page.

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