9Wants To Know: Gas cans found near scene of massive Glendale fire

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GLENDALE - 9Wants to Know has obtained court records showing investigators found three gas cans near the scene of a massive fire that wiped out a construction site and caused $12 million in damages.

The fire began around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 14.

9NEWS viewers said they could see flames as far away as Castle Rock as the fire destroyed a construction site for a future apartment complex.

A search warrant filed at Arapahoe County District Court shows investigators found a backpack, a glove and a gas can one block east of the fire. Two other gas cans were found in a parking structure just north of the scene, according to the search warrant.
The warrant also says a K9 trained to sniff out possible use of accelerants also "had 8 alerts in a concentrated area" in the burned area.

As of this publication, investigators still consider the cause of the fire "undetermined."
However, an investigator writes in the warrant affidavit " ... as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator of nine years the presence of unexplained gasoline cans in the vicinity along with eight separate positive indications by a certified accelerant K9 are consistent with an arson fire."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Denver Fire Department and Glendale Police are investigating the fire.

The search warrant was filed on Dec. 26 and indicates investigators collected debris marked by the K9.

Have a comment or tip for investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola? Call him at 303-871-1425 or e-mail him

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