Posted inMarshall Fire

Marshall Fire reignites grief among victims of last fall’s Pearl Street blaze. Here are some of their stories.

According to city officials, Boulder Fire-Rescue has closed its portion of the city’s investigation into fire, declaring the cause “undetermined” and finding no evidence of intentional fire setting.

Investigators determined the fire started on the exterior of the apartment complex on its west side. The fire sprinkler systems inside the building and garage functioned correctly and “there was no known fire or building code violations that would have led to the fire,” according to city officials.

The portion of the investigation by the Boulder Police Department remains open.

Posted inMarshall Fire

Hundreds of people have claimed unemployment due to the Marshall Fire. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday.

As the deadline nears, the state is processing at least 392 applications for unemployment benefits from residents who say they lost work due to the Marshall Fire, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “This help is here for a reason and people should apply,” said Boulder County’s disaster recovery manager. Read the full story

Posted inLocal Government

What we know (and don’t) about the Boulder crime rate

The national rising crime trend has not entirely spared Boulder. The violent crime rate today is similar to the peak of the last major wave, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to an analysis of federal data by the Boulder Reporting Lab. But even then the rates of aggravated assaults, robbery, rape and murder were relatively low. Read the full story, and check out the charts