- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) - A 20-year-old man has been formally charged with starting a fire at a suburban Denver condominium complex last week.

Adams County prosecutor Dave Young on Wednesday announced that Martin (Mar-TEEN’) C. Espinoza has been charged with 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder, 31 counts of first-degree arson, four counts of third-degree assault and 10 counts of crime of violence.

Espinoza was among the people who gathered to watch the fire that destroyed 18 condominiums and was interviewed by a television reporter.

Two residents and two firefighters were injured in the fire.

Espinoza is being held in the Adams County Jail pending his preliminary hearing scheduled for April 2 in Adams County Court. The district attorney’s office says he is asking to be represented by a public defender.

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