Boulder County Sheriff: Marshall Fire investigation to last “several more months”

Heather Willard
A neighborhood in Marshall following the December fire.Heather Willard.

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver

(Boulder, Colo.) The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that its investigation into what caused the Marshall Fire continues and likely will take “several more months.”

The fire, the most destructive in Colorado’s history, burned nearly 1,000 homes and thousands of acres in a matter of hours.

“Investigators have been working with experts from around the country to analyze the evidence and to identify the possible cause and origin of the fire,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “That work is ongoing and will take time. Unfortunately, the Sheriff’s Office cannot share specific information regarding an open investigation.”

Investigators reviewed nearly 200 tips from the community and executed multiple search warrants for physical and digital property. In addition, investigators reviewed 911 calls and interviewed hundreds of victims and witnesses.

Once the investigation is complete, sheriff’s detectives will present evidence to the District Attorney’s Office, who will decide whether to file charges.

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