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'My wife is a cheater' spray-painted on home that exploded and caught fire; suspect in custody

Posted at 6:44 AM, Mar 10, 2015

Police have an arson suspect in custody after a burning house was found with "My wife is a cheater" spray-painted in at least two places on the outside.

Arvada firefighters arrived at the home at 6854 Nelson St. at 1:30 a.m. and found it completely engulfed in flames, according to the Arvada Fire Department. 

Debris found in the street indicates there was an explosion, but it is too early in the investigation to determine a cause, said Deanna Harrington with the Arvada Fire Department.

A neighbor told Lopez it was "chaos" immediately after the explosion, with everyone trying to find two children who live in the home. A family member later confirmed all occupants were out of the home.  There are no reports of any injuries.

Besides the "My wife is a cheater" phrase, a man's name was also spray-painted on the outside of the home.  However, 7NEWS is not disclosing the man's name because it is unclear if he is connected to the fire.

The home suffered extensive damage inside, and firefighters weren't able to enter the home initially because the floor was unstable, Harrington said.

No neighboring homes were damaged by the fire or explosion, but neighbors spent the morning sweeping debris and glass from their front lawns, Lopez reported.

Arvada police say they expect to release the suspect's name later this afternoon.

Firefighters later covered up the "cheater" graffiti with blue tarp.