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Investigators search for answers in three suspicious fires

By Emily Allen, Multimedia Journalist /Target 13 Investigator , emily.allen@krdo.com
Published On: Jul 22 2013 01:44:34 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 22 2013 01:50:00 PM CDT

Investigators searched for answers in their investigation into three suspicious fires in Northeastern El Paso County Monday.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

Investigators searched for answers Monday in their investigation into three suspicious fires in northeastern El Paso County.

Fire fighters extinguishied three suspicious fires within six days, all in Black Forest. The fires started within two miles of each other. The first 2 fires were reported Tuesday in Fox Run Regional Park. The third fire was reported Sunday near the intersection of Roller Coaster and Stagecoach roads.

Betty Baughman spotted smoke near Stagecoach and Roller Coaster roads on her way to church.

"We all need to pay attention, all of us," said Baughman. "It could happen anywhere."

A few days earlier, Jared Rising spotted two fires at Fox Run Regional Park and called 911 immediately.

"It's just unbelievable that someone would continue to start fires.  It's just scary almost, because this is our back yard and seeing what the Black Forest did, that's devastating," said Rising.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fires. It said Monday the three fires could be related.

"We realize the proximity as well as the close relation in terms of timing, we recognize that (they could be related) so we are open to that possibility," said Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators are trying to determine who is behind the flames. However, arson cases can be difficult to complete.

According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office's website, there are 500,000 arson cases in the U.S. every year. Only 15 percent of those cases end in an arrest. Burned evidence and lack of witnesses make arson crimes difficult to solve.

"We want people to make phone calls to us because in the absence of those phone calls, we run in an absence of information so it can be difficult to determine who might be involved," said Kramer.

The Sheriff's Office hopes tips from the public will help them close these cases.

The Sheriff's Office said never hesitate to call 911 if you think something is suspicious.

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