Investigators unable to determine cause of large Glendale fire

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GLENDALE, Colo. — A little over a week after a large Glendale fire that caused over $12 million in damage and destroyed an apartment complex that was under construction, investigators still don’t know what sparked the blaze.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which had been handling an investigation into the fire, confirmed that their findings were inconclusive in a press release issued Monday morning.

“After five days of extensive scene examination and numerous interviews, investigators have ruled the cause of the fire, at this time, to be undetermined,” the ATF wrote. “However the investigation into this fire continues. The factors resulting in the finding of undetermined are not being released due to the ongoing investigation.”

The agency indicated that if information developed at some point in the future that could lead to a warrant for further investigation, that cause of “undetermined” could be changed.

The ATF took over the investigation of the fire’s cause because of initial suspicions that the fire, which broke out on late in the evening on Dec. 14 at 801 South Cherry Street, may have been caused by an arsonist.

The large fire, which was sparked at a construction site just east of South Colorado Boulevard and just north of I-25 and also damaged an existing complex nearby, could be seen burning from locations across the Denver Metro area.

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