Fire that destroyed apartment building started in outside bush

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- Fire investigators said the fire that destroyed an apartment building on East Yale Avenue on Monday afternoon started in a juniper bush outside the building.

Cunningham Fire Protection District investigators said they could not determine the source of ignition because of a lack of evidence. The official cause of the fire is listed as undetermined.

The fire scene at the Reserve at Hunter's Run was turned over to the property manager Tuesday.

Cunningham Fire experts said junipers are among the least fire-resistant plants that can be used in landscaping.

They have thin evergreen foliage that burns quickly because of its texture. They also contain flammable oils, identifiable by their strong odor and sticky sap.

The recommendation is to keep them at least 30 feet from a home or other buildings. Keeping the junipers watered regularly and pruned can help make the situation safer.