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Crews extinguish fire at home of Joshua Carrier

MATT STEINER Updated: September 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

Arson detectives from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office are investigating a motor home fire that happened early Friday in the driveway at the home of Joshua Carrier, the former Colorado Springs police officer on trial in connection with 150 counts of child molestation.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Joe Roybal said the blaze was reported just before 1 a.m. Friday at 2290 Streambank Dr. iin eastern Colorado Springs.

When Falcon and Cimarron Hills fire crews arrived a 1976 Jamboree motor home was on fire in the driveway. The vehicle was extinguished, no structures were threatened and nobody was hurt, Roybal said.

The residence is the where Carrier was living when he was arrested in May 2011 on suspicion of several counts of child molestation. El Paso County assessor's records show that Carrier still owns the home off Constitution Avenue, east of Marksheffel Road.

Carrier resigned from the police department in June 2011. He was serving as a volunteer wrestling coach at Horace Mann Middle School at the time of his arrest.

When asked if arson investigators were called to the Streambank Drive because the home belongs to Carrier, Roybal said, "When we can't immediately determine what the cause was, we bring investigators in. It has nothing to do with Carrier."

Jury selection continues Friday in the re-trial of Carrier whose first trial happened in March. The former police officer faces 150 counts connected with accusations that he molested 22 boys while volunteering at Mann Middle School.

Many of the charges waged against Carrier could bring possible life sentences.

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