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Charges expected in Shiloh House fire

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By Deborah Swearingen

The Littleton clinical building at Shiloh House caught fire Friday morning, and staff is currently displaced while searching for temporary office space for the employees who worked in the organization’s West Coal Mine Avenue location.
The fire, which was extinguished in a joint effort by West Metro Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire Rescue and Littleton Fire Rescue, happened in the early hours of Nov. 23. The two-story office building was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries occurred, according to information shared by Littleton Fire. Heavy smoke remained as firefighters worked to smother the flames. The fire was under control within approximately 30 minutes, though Coal Mine Avenue remained closed during the investigation.
Although investigators quickly deemed it suspicious in nature, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office couldn’t share much more than that. However, spokeswoman Jenny Fulton did expect to be able to release more information later this week.
“We do expect to file charges this week,” she said.
According to its website, Shiloh House, which is located in the 6000 block of West Coal Mine Avenue in South Jeffco, offers nurturing, therapeutic and educational services to empower youth and families to overcome the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma. It was founded in 1985 with an on-grounds school in Littleton established two years later. Now it has five campuses from Centennial to Longmont.
“Our team remains committed to serving our youth and families first and foremost, and we will continue to do so in the midst of this tragedy,” Shiloh House shared in a statement on Facebook. “Please keep our youth and staff in your thoughts.”