Fire starter won’t be caught |

Fire starter won’t be caught

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The person responsible for starting the South Glenwood fire behind Gart Sports Monday will probably never be found.

“We’ll probably never know” who started the fire, said Glenwood Springs Police Department Lieutenant Bill Kimminau.

“It definitely looks like it was human caused, probably smoking related,” said Kimminau.

Kimminau said many people frequent the area behind Gart Sports. Store employees, maintenance workers, hikers, bikers and transients all use the area.

A smoldering cigarette butt could have been discarded long before the fire started and may have only ignited the blaze when wind conditions were just right, he said.

Early on, a witness reported a man running near Wal-Mart away from the fire, but Kimminau said the man was probably not involved in the fire.

The fire was 100 percent contained on Thursday afternoon, said Glenwood Springs Fire Department public information officer Pete Bradshaw.

The last crews on the fire worked until about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and were released to other fires in the state, said Bradshaw.

The cost of fighting the 10- to 15-acre fire will be shared between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Glenwood Springs, and Garfield County, said Bradshaw. He said he wouldn’t guess at the cost to fight the fire.

Police and firefighters will continue to patrol the area, Bradshaw said.

He said the fire will be considered out when there is no heat left within the fire line.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535

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