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Firefighters extinguish small campfire near downtown Colorado Springs

February 5, 2018 Updated: February 5, 2018 at 2:44 pm
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Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

A small campfire reportedly set by homeless people was quickly extinguished Monday morning south of downtown Colorado Springs, the Fire Department reported.

The fire was reported about 11 a.m. east of Interstate 25 between the exits for West Cimarron and South Tejon streets, said Fire Capt. Brian Vaughan. The fire was about 10 feet by 20 feet, and no one was in the area when firefighters arrived, he said.

Early Saturday, a grass fire in the wooded area just south of 100 West Las Vegas Street sent a man to a hospital with "slight burns" to his chest, face and arms, police said.

That fire was caused by a propane tank explosion, and flames spread to several tents, they said.

Gazette news partner KKTV reported that a small campfire Sunday evening near Wahsatch Avenue and Fountain Boulevard burned along Shooks Run and reportedly had been started by homeless residents.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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