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Crews to remain at structure fire in south Colorado Springs

July 5, 2017 Updated: July 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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photo - Colorado Springs firefighters responded to a structure fire Wednesday morning near south Academy Boulevard and Drennan Road. (Hugh Johnson, The Gazette)
Colorado Springs firefighters responded to a structure fire Wednesday morning near south Academy Boulevard and Drennan Road. (Hugh Johnson, The Gazette) 

Colorado Springs firefighters gained control of a structure fire Wednesday morning near south Academy Boulevard and Drennan Road.

The fire is no longer growing and fighters contained the main body of the flame but they are expected to remain on scene for hours, said Lt. Don Watkins of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

“Currently the fire is not getting any larger,” he said. “We’ll continue to (extinguish the fire) and then we’ll start our salvage and overall operation that should be a very timely endeavor at this point.”

Watkins did not say what the structure was, but initial reports say it was a barn. Watkins said there were trailers and silos in the area. Investigators are on scene and will enter the structure once it is deemed safe.

Firefighters responded to an initial call about a large column of smoke at about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Watkins said.

As a precaution, firefighters evacuated homes in the west end of the Lamplighter mobile home park. No injuries were reported and nothing inside the park was damaged.

Watkins said that some 40 fighters were working to douse the blaze.

Captain Steve Wilch of the Colorado Springs Fire Department said crews will likely work into the night trying to find out what caused the blaze.

Wilch said fighters are currently putting out small fires that may be underneath some of the construction equipment in the area. 

“We’re overhauling hot spots, where we go through the debris and uncover hidden fire and put out hidden fire,” he said. 

 

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