Officials Investigating Suspicous Lead In Devstating Colorado Fire
Investigators in Colorado are still trying to determine what started a massive fire in a suburban area near Denver that burned neighborhoods to the ground and destroyed nearly 1,000 homes and other buildings.
Three people are still missing since the inferno broke out on Thursday.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said Saturday authorities were investigating several tips and had executed a search warrant at “one particular location.”
An official from the sheriff’s office confirmed that one particular property is under investigation in Boulder County’s Marshall Mesa. Access to the property has been blocked off and is only one of several leads under investigation he added.
Utility officials found no downed power lines near the area where the fire broke out between Denver and Boulder. The wildfire came unusually late in the year, following an extremely dry fall and amid a winter with little snow.
At least 991 homes and other buildings were destroyed, Pelle said: 553 in Louisville, 332 in Superior, and 106 in unincorporated parts of the county. Hundreds more were damaged. Pelle cautioned that the number is expected to rise.
The vast majority of buildings destroyed were homes, Boulder County spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said late Saturday.
Pelle said officials were organizing cadaver teams to search for the missing in the Superior area and in unincorporated Boulder County. The task is complicated by debris from destroyed structures, covered by 8 inches of snow dumped by an overnight storm.
At least seven people were injured in the wildfire that broke out in and around Louisville and Superior, the neighboring towns about 20 miles northwest of Denver with a combined population of 34,000.