CORTEZ — The police and fire departments in Cortez are investigating the cause of a fire that gutted three downtown businesses.

The fire began before dawn Sunday and firefighters arrived to find flames leaping 20 feet into the air.

The Cortez Journal (http://bit.ly/1aNXQvL ) reports that a flooring shop and a shoe store were among the three stores destroyed. Around 50 firefighters from Cortez and surrounding communities responded to the blaze.

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Information from: Cortez Journal, http://www.cortezjournal.com/