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Palisade Apartment Complex Explosion, Fire was Arson

Last updated on April 10, 2024

On April 5, 2024 at 7:13am, an explosion and fire ignited at an 8-plex apartment complex located at 920 Iowa, Palisade, Colorado. The building was quickly engulfed in flames. Palisade Fire Department was dispatched and arrived on the scene almost immediately. Images and videos of the fire and its immediate aftermath have been widely circulated both on social media and via news sources. 19-year-old Kloey Lynn 18-year-old Kloey Weythman was killed in the incident and six others were displaced, as the building was a total loss.

Based on a variety of news tips and investigation, the Palisade Post has discovered the blast was arson. The fire was set by a person named Andrew Alderman. Andrew lived in the ground floor apartment where the fire ignited. The MCSO has reported, “there is no evidence to suggest or support any theory that the cause of the explosion resulting in the fire was an explosive device, a drug/narcotics lab, or any issue with utilities, such as natural gas. There are preliminary indications that the fire may have been started intentionally.”

Kloey Lynn Kloey Weythman lived upstairs in the apartment directly above, with her fiance Michael Dowd, who was not home at the time of the blast. As soon as the fire started, Andrew fled. Eventually, Andrew ended up at Twin Lakes, just south of Leadville, Colorado, where he committed suicide. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body on April 6, 2024 at 3:19pm.

The Palisade Post has obtained video evidence from Andrew’s social media account confessing to setting the fire hoping to kill one or more of his neighbors. Out of respect for the victims, the Palisade Post will not be publishing these video clips.

The Palisade Post made calls requesting comments and callbacks to the following organizations: Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Palisade Police Department, Lake County Coroner’s Office. The Palisade Police and the Lake County Coroner both stated they were unable to comment on the status of an ongoing investigation. The Lake County and Mesa County Sheriff’s Offices did not return our calls. We were able to speak with the public information officer for the Lake County Sheriffs Office, but they were unable to confirm our findings.

 In an effort to help victims and their families, the Town of Palisade is accepting monetary donations in the form of cash, checks, and gift cards. Please make checks payable to the Town of Palisade, and add “Iowa Fire Victims” to the memo line. All of the above donations may be brought to Town Hall at 175 E 3rd Street, Palisade, Co 81526 Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

A group of Palisade residents have also started a group called “Shining Light in the Darkness,” who released the following statement: “In times of crisis, it’s the unity of community that truly illuminates the path forward. As we gather together to support and show love to the fire victims, let these purple bulbs symbolize our collective strength and resilience. Just as purple represents power and ambition, together we radiate strength in our solidarity. Thank you for being a beacon of hope and bringing relief to those in need. Together, we shine brighter.”

These Palisade residents are purchasing, sharing, and distributing purple light bulbs. You can even make your own purple light bulb with an LED bulb and some purple paint. These bulbs will be placed in porch lights all over town this week to shine light in the darkness.

The Palisade Post will continue to provide updates about this event as we learn more information.

Update, April 10, 2024: Based on the news conference hosted by the Palisade Fire Department and Palisade Police Department, The Palisade Post would like to issue the following correction:

The person who died in the blaze was 18-year-old Kloey Weythman. The Palisade Post regrets this error. We realize how significant this event is both to the people involved and to the entire town. We pledge to do better in the future.