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Before long, Peter Romero was behind the wheel of the motor home that serves as mobile headquarters for his business as a public insurance adjuster ? an industry unknown to most Coloradans.

Public adjusters promise to help property owners get fair insurance settlements while taking a share for themselves on a contingency basis. Few are as prolific as Romero, who cites experience on more than 20 calamities ? including hurricanes, firestorms and earthquakes.

Only things have not gone according to plan in Colorado Springs.

Romero said he has signed up only about 15 clients, when 60 to 80 would be the norm. A separate nonprofit group ? which Romero said he recently formed as a helping hand for victims, not a front for his business ? was kicked out of the fire station where it held meetings.

Read more of Eric Gorski's story in the Denver Post.