Colorado Cult’s Property Under Investigation In Deadly Wildfire
Property owned by a “cult” is now being considered part of an investigation into how the Marshall Fire began in Colorado.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said that the land owned by Twelve Tribes is part of an investigation into the source of the Marshall Fire, which originated in Boulder County on Dec. 30 and destroyed over 900 structures and caused 30,000 people to evacuate the area, according to officials.
The Boulder County Sheriff made the announcement that the property owned by the Twelve Tribes is under investigation during a press conference on Monday.
“Is the twelve tribes compound or property part of that investigation still?” a reporter asked.
Pelle added that the area around the Twelve Tribes property is also being investigated, adding that investigators are not looking at any “one specific thing.”
“We haven’t eliminated or honed in on any one specific thing. It’s an open investigation. We’re going to do it right. It’s going to take some time. You’re going to lose your patience because it’s going to take a while,” Pelle said.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency which makes the state eligible for disaster emergency funds.
The Twelve Tribes describes themselves as a “confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, made up of self-governing communities.”
“By community, we mean families and single people who live together in homes and on farms. We are disciples of the Son of God, whom we call by His Hebrew name Yahshua. We follow the Old and New Testament Scriptures and live like the early disciples in Acts chapters 2 and 4. With all of our hearts, we want to do our Father’s will, which is to love one another and be a light to the nations; so that they could see our life of love and know how much their Creator loves them,” the Twelve Tribes website states.
The Yellow Deli in Boulder, which is owned by the Twelve Tribes, is temporarily closed “due to being evacuated from the Marshall Fire.”
Records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation describe the group as a “cult” and indicate that the group has been investigated for several complaints regarding child abuse.
According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s office, the fire has destroyed 991 structures and an additional 127 are damaged.