GLENDALE, Colo. (CBS4) — The investigation into a massive fire in Glendale in December continues and it’s still not clear if it was arson.

The flames caused millions of dollars in damage to an apartment building that was under construction. The fire is still classified as “undetermined,” but sources say early into the investigation several gas canisters were found near the fire scene. That evidence is currently being tested in a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lab.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Sources say two gas canisters were found in a parking structure north of the raging fire off Cherry Street. A third gas canister was also found in an alley way. Investigators also found a backpack and gloves.

Sources say arson dogs were brought onto the scene, which is typical of a fire investigation and hits for accelerants were picked up by the dog.

The fire was so intense it melted cars across the street at an apartment complex and siding on the building.

The developer of the burned apartment building, MKS Residential, is now rebuilding and moving forward with construction of their 341-unit building. The site was released back to them by investigators. Solana Cherry Creek will be a four-story apartment complex.

It could be several weeks before forensic information from the ATF lab is released.


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