Ex Arrested After 'My Wife Is a Cheater' House Explodes

William Lindauer stood unresponsive as house burned: neighbor
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2015 9:15 AM CDT
Ex Arrested After 'My Wife Is a Cheater' House Explodes
An Arvada home burned, but luckily the woman and children who lived there weren't home.   (7 NEWS - The Denver Channel)

A Colorado house with "My wife is a cheater" scrawled twice on it exploded early yesterday in what was perhaps unsurprisingly deemed to be arson. Possibly even less surprising: who was arrested in connection with the incident. William Eugene Lindauer III, 31, a resident of the home who was divorced from his wife last year. He is set to appear in a Jefferson County court this morning on a variety of charges—first-degree arson, reckless endangerment, prohibited use of weapons, cruelty to animals, criminal mischief—linked to the Arvada explosion. Shortly before cops arrived at the fire around 1:30am, neighbors tell the station they heard a loud explosion and came out to see the residence in flames and their own lawns littered with glass and debris.

Lindauer's ex-wife divorced him about a year ago and is listed as co-owner of the house; neither she nor her three children were home at the time, ABC notes. No serious damage was done to any structure other than the home, which had "significant" fire and heat damage that kept firefighters from entering initially, a fire department spokeswoman told the New York Daily News. A neighbor tells ABC that her husband spotted Lindauer in the yard "after the explosion … [he said he] didn't respond when he asked him what happened." The graffiti has since been covered up. "They're very nice people, very good neighbors. I would never think anything like this would happen," a neighbor tells KDVR. (It doesn't sound like the arsonist used bacon to start the blaze.)

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