Fire investigators search for clues

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EL PASO COUNTY - Fire investigators are searching for clues about how the Black Forest Fire started in an area that includes a valley near between Peregrine Way and Falcon Drive in Black Forest.

Fire investigators asked if they could use a property just east of Falcon Drive for their investigative staging area, Mark Sikorski told 9Wants to Know investigator Jace Larson.

The area is just north of Shoup Road.

They were following tree lines, the fire lines where the burning tracks were on the ground, as well as the tree tops," Sikorski said Thursday afternoon.

"At some point investigators will get down on their hands and knees. They might use magnifying glasses. They will look at which way the individual blades of grass fell," fire investigator Robert Toth told 9Wants to Know.

Toth investigated fires for the Aurora Fire Department before working as a private fire investigator. Insurance companies hire him to do investigations independent of law enforcement.

He says it can take days to determine the cause and origin, but it is a good sign that law enforcement investigators have asked to set up a command post.

"That means they are getting closer," Toth said.

Sikorski's house was not burned, though trees, his garage and several automobiles were burned. He credits fire fighters and fire mitigation techniques he used at his home, with saving his house.

One of his technique involved painting parts of his home with fire retardant paint, he said.

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