Waldo Canyon Fire human-caused, not known if intentional or accidental
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Investigators say the Waldo Canyon Fire was definitely human-caused. But they don’t know if it was accidental or intentional and they do not have any suspects.
The information was released at a news conference at Colorado Springs Police headquarters Wednesday afternoon. It is information that has been previously reported.
“Based on what we know we can’t say if criminal charges appropriate,” a CSPD spokesperson says.
The Waldo Canyon fire killed two people, so Colorado Springs police are conducting a homicide investigation into the deaths of 74-year-old William Everett and his wife, Barbara Everett, 73.
They were killed when flames destroyed their home in the Mountain Shadows subdivision within the city limits of Colorado Springs June 27.
The fire destroyed 346 homes resulting in at least $352 million damage. It burned more than 18,000 acres.
The first call about smoke came to Manitou Springs authorities on June 22. A team was sent in at that time.
“We know specifically the origin [of the fire is] within three miles of the trail head.”
Investigators have more tips to explore, but they’re looking for help from anyone who might have seen anything.