The two campers from Alabama who are suspected of igniting the Cold Springs Fire gave a clueless-sounding video interview about the fire just one day before their arrest.
Jimmy Suggs, 28, and Zackary Kuykendall, 26, were arrested Sunday afternoon at the Nederland High School evacuation site in connection with starting the fire, which now exceeds 600 acres. The fire has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people.
But Suggs and Kuykendall, who now face charges of fourth-degree arson, were apparently unaware that they were responsible.
On Saturday, they — along with friend Elizabeth Burdeshaw, 20, who has not been charged — agreed to a video interview with Daily Camera reporter Karen Antonacci. who was soliciting witness accounts of the fire.
“Oh yeah, we seen around where it started,” said Burdeshaw in the video. She and Suggs then said simultaneously, “We were pretty close.”
Said Suggs, “It was crazy. We’d never seen anything like it.” He also called the fire “The scariest thing I’ve ever seen.” The trio admitted to being out on the mountain the night before, saying they were “camping out and stuff” before police told them to head to the evacuation site.
Antonacci didn’t realize who she was talking to until the next day, when Daily Camera city editor Matt Sebastian tweeted about the connection.
“Well shit,” Antonacci tweeted Sunday, when she realized her story from the previous day contained quotes from the suspects.
The charge of fourth-degree arson is a class 4 felony when human lives are endangered, as in this case. The pair is expected in court Monday.
See Antonacci’s full interview below. Note the kittens.
So here’s the full video. Was on my way to the shelter when I saw them hitchhiking. pic.twitter.com/TDCW0KtT4F
— Karen Antonacci (@Ktonacci) July 10, 2016
Photo credit: Karen Antonacci