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Mar 29, 2013 9:45 AM by Maddie Garrett

Firefighters Investigate String of Fires in Neighborhood

An overnight fire in El Paso County left a home destroyed and investigators say it could be connected to a string of fires in the neighborhood.

The home is located on Kachina Drive in the Cimarron Hills area of El Pasco County. Firefighters said the home caught fire just before 11:00pm Wednesday night. No one was home at the time and no one was injured. Officials said the home is a foreclosure and all utilities were shut off.

But this neighborhood at the end of Kachina Drive has been plagued by fires for the past several years.

El Paso County arson investigators are trying to figure out how the home went up in flames Wednesday night. At this time, Lt. Matt Rasdall with the Cimarron Hills Fire Department said they don't know how it started.

Neighbor Chet Henderson said this scenario is all too familiar.

"The last one was a modular home that wasn't even put together and both sides of it was on fire. Wake up the next morning and they've got hoses strung out everywhere again," recalled Henderson.

The cul-de-sac on Kachina Drive has seen numerous fires, about seven in fact, most at a now vacant lot next door to the house that burned Wednesday.

"We've been out here quite a few times for anything varying from little brush fires to fully involved house fires," said Lt. Rasdall.

Two homes were torn down there because of fires. This latest fire could make three homes lost.

"It is disturbing because we know it's arson, I mean it's got to be, there's nothing else it can be because it's so many in a row," said Rasdall.

Investigators couldn't say if they think this latest fire is connected to the others -- or if they believe it's arson or just an accident. However, Lt. Rasdall said they aren't ruling anything out.

"It's very concerning to us, I think everybody in this area is wanting to get to the bottom of what's going on," he said.

 

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