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WALDO CANYON FIRE: Fire 95 percent contained

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY
July 5, 2012
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photo - The remains of the Everett's home at 2910 Rossmere Street. Photo by Ryan Maye Handy (THE GAZETTE)
The remains of the Everett's home at 2910 Rossmere Street. Photo by Ryan Maye Handy (THE GAZETTE) 

Fire crews achieved 95 percent containment of the Waldo Canyon fire Thursday evening, hours after Colorado Springs police released the names of the two people who lost their lives in the fire last week.

Full containment of the fire is expected by midnight Thursday, officials said.

The remains of William Everett, 74, and Barbara Everett, 73, were found in the ruins of the home at 2910 Rossmere Street in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, after the fire blazed through the area on Tuesday night.

The first human remains were discovered on Thursday, June 28, in the charred rubble of a home on Rossmere Street. The second remains were found a day later in the same place, said police Chief Pete Carey.

William and Barbara Everett are believed to be the only two people who lost their lives in the fire. The exact cause of their deaths is still under investigation, according to a news release.

A task force of several law enforcement agencies has been assembled for the investigation. It includes wildland fire investigators, police, and officials from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, US Forest Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

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