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Gazette Premium Content Investigation into Waldo Canyon fire has stalled, detective says

By Ryan Handy Published: June 7, 2013

The investigation into the cause of the Waldo Canyon fire has stalled almost a year after the fire destroyed 347 homes in Colorado Springs and killed two people.

Investigators have collected all the necessary evidence - they are pretty certain what caused the fire and where it ignited. But they lack key details: Who lit it and whether it was done accidentally or intentionally.

"I'm hopeful that somebody is just going to come forward," said Lt. Adrian Vasquez, the leader of the investigation task force, which includes Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and El Paso County investigators. "I have to say that right now, without somebody coming forward and providing us information, I don't know that we are going to solve this."

Vasquez, who is a violent crimes detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department, provided no new information on the case during a short news briefing on Friday. Although investigators know that the fire is human caused and have pin-pointed its origin, Vasquez would not release details.

Meanwhile, tips rarely trickle-in. The $100,000 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest remains unclaimed. Vasquez still hopes for the tip that will lead him to a suspect, and he hopes the fire's one-year anniversary this month will inspire more leads in the case. The tipline is 385-2222.

"I think that we have reviewed everything that we have right now, We certainly collected all the evidence. We've got our forensic information back," Vasquez said. "I think that right now without somebody coming forward we are at a stall right now."

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Contact Ryan Maye Handy: 636-0261

Twitter @ryanmhandy

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