- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

DENVER (AP) - Investigators asked the public on Wednesday for any information they may have on a deadly construction fire in Denver to help determine what caused the blaze.

Fire officials say they have ruled out some possible causes of the March 7 blaze at the site of a five-story apartment and retail building, including temporary electrical power units and cords.

They also determined that framers, welders, plumbers, drywall workers, insulation workers and electricians were not at fault, Denver Fire Department spokesman Capt. Greg Pixley said.

Other workers at the site haven’t been completely ruled out yet but aren’t suspected of starting the fire, he said.

Pixley would not speculate on any possible causes, including arson, because he said there are so many different types of possibilities.



The bodies of two workers - electrician Dustin Peterson, 37, and insulation installer Roberto Flores-Prieto, 29 - were found at the site near downtown.

The fire spread quickly in the building due to the number of exposed wood beams.

The investigation got off to a slow start because the collapsed building had to first be made safe and officials had to determine what debris came from which floor, Pixley said.

Investigators plan to keep conducting interviews and go over all of their evidence again, including photos, to make sure they did not miss anything. Pixley said tips from the public might provide “that glimpse” that helps investigators solve the case.

Firefighters are also seeking the cause of an overnight in May that destroyed townhomes under construction in another part of the city.

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