2 teens charged as adults in Green Valley Ranch house fire that killed 5

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FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, people look at a house where five people were found dead after a fire in Denver. Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fire that killed five recent immigrants, including two children, from the West African nation of Senegal, police said Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert, File)

DENVER  |  Two of the three teenagers arrested in connection with a house fire in Denver that killed five recent immigrants from Senegal, including two children, have been charged as adults, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Kevin Bui and Gavin Seymour, both 16, were charged with 60 felony counts, including first-degree murder, attempted murder, arson and burglary in the Aug. 5, 2020 fire that killed Djibril and Adja Diol, along with their 22-month-old daughter Khadija, as well as relative Hassan Diol and her infant daughter Hawa Baye, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said.

Three other people who escaped the home in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood near Denver International Airport by jumping from the second story were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to court records, Bui and Seymour are both represented by public defenders, who do not comment on cases.

Prosecutors will also seek to charge a 15-year-old boy arrested in connection with the fire as an adult but a judge would need to approve that first because of his age.

Investigators have not released any information about a motive or how the fire was set. Court documents explaining why Bui and Seymour were arrested have been sealed.

 

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