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Colorado Fire Burns 3,000 Acres and Kills 1 Person

EMSL Analytical’s laboratory identifies smoke/fire damage for property insurance claims


Residents of approximately 900 homes in Jefferson County, CO have been evacuated from the rural, mountainous area southwest of Denver. So far, the fire has ruined 15 to 25 structures, including 5 homes. A body was also discovered, but the authorities have not been able to determine the cause of death.
Investigators suspect that the conflagration may have begun as a prescribed burn initiated last week. Experts believe that the unexpectedly strong winds and recent dry weather contributed to the creation of the wildfire, which covered nearly 5 square miles in a few hours. Now fire fighters and Colorado residents are hoping that the winds die down to prevent the blaze from spreading even further.
“For those whose homes were not destroyed but damaged by smoke, EMSL Analytical’s laboratories identify fire residues for property insurance claims,” states Eugenia Mirica, Ph. D., Materials Laboratory Manager. “Our advanced technology can determine whether the combustion-by-products sampled are indeed the result of a wildfire.”
EMSL recently cosponsored a public outreach video on indoor environmental hazards following a fire. It can be seen at:
To learn more about testing for smoke damage, char, carbon black, soot, indoor air quality (IAQ), or other environmental issues please visit, call (800) 220-3675, or email
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services to professionals and the general public. In addition, the company offers a large variety of air sampling equipment, sampling cassettes, and monitoring equipment. EMSL has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. These include, but are not limited to, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA EMLAP, AIHA ELLAP, A2LA, NVLAP, CDC Elite, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), CA ELAP, NY ELAP, and TX Department of State Health Services. Please visit our website for a complete listing of accreditations.


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