- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The fire department that first responded to a deadly wildfire in the Black Forest community says an outside investigation has cleared its chief of misconduct.

Black Forest Fire/Rescue District on Wednesday released a summary of a report it commissioned.

The fire started in June northeast of Colorado Springs, killing two people and destroying 486 houses. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has criticized Black Forest Fire/Rescue Chief Bob Harvey’s handling of the blaze.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (https://tinyurl.com/mep3swg ) the fire department says the report found no professional misconduct by Harvey.

Maketa released a statement saying the report is based on opinion, not fact.

The dispute between Maketa and Harvey started after Harvey said the fire was probably intentionally set. Maketa has said there was no evidence of that.

___

Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide