West Metro Fire and Rescue, Denver Firefighters and Lakewood Police responded to a two-alarm fire Aug. 16 at the Sun Pointe at Lakewood Estates condominium complex, 5745 W. Atlantic Place.
When crews arrived at the scene, they found heavy smoke and fire on the roof of the three-story complex. Officials said the fire originated in apartment 305.
It took almost an hour to extinguish the fire.
Two people were transported to local hospitals.
According to information released by West Metro, two units had extensive fire damage and four others had smoke and water damage. A majority of the residents in the 24-unit complex were able to return to their apartments that evening.
According to information released by Lakewood Police, the West Metro Fire Department Arson Investigation unit found evidence that suggested the fire in apartment 305 may have been intentionally set.
The Lakewood Police Department Major Crimes Unit was then asked to assist in the investigation case.
Investigators learned that Jalen Berg, 19, had gotten into a physical altercation with his father in the evening before the fire alarm was made. Both Berg and his father lived in unit 305.
Lakewood Police said they believe Berg intentionally set fire to the unit in retaliation for the fight he had with his father.
Berg was one of the people transported to the hospital with minor injuries. After he was released from the hospital he was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.
Berg is being held under charges of first-degree arson, multiple accounts of attempted murder, child abuse, felony criminal mischief and felony menacing.
Detectives and arson investigators are still investigating this case. According to police information, additional charges are a strong possibility as the case develops.