Investigation shows bomb squad responsible for grass fire

      Investigation shows bomb squad responsible for grass fire

14 March 2009

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USA — A report by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office following a grass fire shows that proper safety measures were not taken by the bomb squad during training exercises in the area.

An internal affairs investigation determined the fire was caused by the bomb squad. The investigators concluded that the squad did not take adequate safety measures or appropriate precautionary measures. In addition, findings showed that the squad did not properly follow established training protocols.

The grass fire broke out Feb. 20 on the north side of the 36000 block of East Quincy Avenue. High winds made the fire spread quickly. One home was evacuated as a precaution but no one was hurt and no structures were damaged. Just after 6 p.m. that night, firefighters had the 1,313 acre fire fully contained. The fire was originally listed as 200 acres.

Once the fire was contained, the internal investigation began. If members of the squad are found to be in violation of the policies and procedures they will face “significant consequences to be determined by the sheriff’s office.”

The findings of the investigation were presented to the district attorney to determine if those responsible should face criminal charges. The district attorney has said charges will not be pursued.

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