Man accused of starting fire at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch

Camp health officer is charged with arson following incident on July 12

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 7/19/19

A man was arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire that broke out at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch in Elbert on July 12. John “Jack” Seward, 18, a camp health officer at …

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Man accused of starting fire at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch

Camp health officer is charged with arson following incident on July 12

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A man was arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire that broke out at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch in Elbert on July 12.

John “Jack” Seward, 18, a camp health officer at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, was taken into custody and booked at the Elbert County jail on a $50,000 bond on July 13, after investigators with the Elbert County Fire Investigation Team believe he started a fire in a trash can in a bathroom of the lower level of the building around 6:45 p.m. a day earlier. As of July 18, online jail records showed that he had been released later on the day of booking.

Parents were visiting their children at the camp when the fire broke out, and multiple groups of Scouts, scoutmasters and staff members were safely evacuated according to Elbert County Sheriff Tim Norton. Several individuals were treated on scene for smoke inhalation.

John Cabeza, scout executive/CEO, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, issued a statement July 16, thanking first responders.

“We can confirm a small fire at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch on Friday, July 12. There was minimal property damage, and we are thankful no one was injured. The safety and well-being of our members is our top priority, and upon learning of the fire, we evacuated the building and contacted the fire department. We would like to thank the first responders who helped address this matter,” said Cabeza.

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