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Gazette Premium Content Grass fire, power outage close Lewis-Palmer Elementary

DENA ROSENBERRY Updated: September 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

Lewis-Palmer Elementary School in Lewis Palmer School District 38 has been closed for the day after a transformer blew, causing a power outage and sparking a small grass fire.

Children who arrived at school or were on the bus being driven to school were taken to Lewis-Palmer Middle School as a precaution. Families should make arrangements to pick children up at the middle school as soon as possible.

All students will be supervised at Lewis-Palmer Middle School until they are picked up by a legal guardian.

Lewis-Palmer Middle School is open.

The transformer blew about 8 a.m. Monday, sending sparks flying and igniting a small grass fire a few hundred feed behind the elementary school, 1315 Lake Woodmor Drive.

Tri-Lakes firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which spread to an area of about 50 feet by 50 feet, said Greg Lovato, battalion chief for Tri-Lakes Fire Protection District. No structures were threatened, as winds were calm when the fire sparked.

Power to the school and surrounding neighborhood, though, is expected to be out for much of the day. Crews are working to restore that lost power.

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