<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:05:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Oil-gas wells shut down after Colorado home explosion]]> http://gazette.com/oil-gas-wells-shut-down-after-colorado-home-explosion/article/1601879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oil-gas-wells-shut-down-after-colorado-home-explosion/article/1601879?custom_click=rss

DENVER — An oil and gas company is shutting down more than 3,000 wells in northeastern Colorado as a precaution amid an investigation into a house explosion that killed two people.

Anadarko Petroleum said Wednesday it operated a well about 200 feet (60 meters) from the house in the town of Firestone. The company didn't say whether the well was believed to be a factor in the explosion or whether it produced oil, gas or both.

Fire officials had no immediate comment.

The April 17 explosion killed Mark Martinez and Joseph William Irwin III. Erin Martinez was badly burned. Mark Martinez was her husband and Irwin was her brother.

Anadarko says the wells it's shutting down produce the equivalent of 13,000



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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:03:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire alarm, haze, prompt evacuations from Colorado Springs medical office building]]> http://gazette.com/fire-alarm-haze-prompt-evacuations-from-colorado-springs-medical-office-building/article/1601700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-alarm-haze-prompt-evacuations-from-colorado-springs-medical-office-building/article/1601700?custom_click=rss

A light "haze" caused by faulty HVAC system disrupted operations at a medical office building near Memorial North Hospital on Monday afternoon, prompting some patients and employees to evacuate after the fire alarm sounded, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

No fire was reported.

Firefighters responded just before 1:30 p.m. to 4110 Briargate Parkway and investigated smoke caused by a belt issue in the building's the HVAC system on the fourth floor, according to the Fire Department and Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Cary Vogrin.

The building is not part of Memorial Hospital, Vogrin added.

By 2 p.m., firefighters completed their investigation and found no fire, the Fire Department tweeted. The



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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:30:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Two bodies found in ruins of massive Firestone house blaze]]> http://gazette.com/two-bodies-found-in-ruins-of-massive-firestone-house-blaze/article/1601354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-bodies-found-in-ruins-of-massive-firestone-house-blaze/article/1601354?custom_click=rss

After hours sifting through the ruins of a Firestone home leveled by an explosion and fire, investigators on Tuesday found the bodies of two people believed to have been in the basement when the blaze began.

Although investigators don’t believe criminal activity led to the explosion, what’s left of the home is being treated as a crime scene, Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District spokeswoman Summer Campos said.

It may be weeks before police, fire and Colorado Bureau of Investigation investigators determine what caused the explosion, Campos said. “It’s going to be a slow process.



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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:54:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Two people missing, two injured after explosion, fire levels Colorado home]]> http://gazette.com/two-people-missing-two-injured-after-explosion-fire-levels-colorado-home/article/1601287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-people-missing-two-injured-after-explosion-fire-levels-colorado-home/article/1601287?custom_click=rss

Two people are missing after an explosion and subsequent fire leveled a home in Firestone on Monday afternoon, also leaving two others — including a child — injured in what authorities are calling a “horrible tragedy.”

“What will happen at this point is we have to start slowly going through the rubble,” said Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District spokeswoman Summer Campos. “It is being treated as a crime scene at this time. It’s going to be a slow process. It could be a couple of days before we know anything.”

The explosion happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday at a two-story home on the 6300 block of Twilight Avenue, near Colorado 119 and Weld Count Road 13, and



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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:53:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado expects average to below-average wildfire season]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-expects-average-to-below-average-wildfire-season/article/1601076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-expects-average-to-below-average-wildfire-season/article/1601076?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado can expect an average to slightly below-average wildfire season this year, despite dry conditions and early outbreaks on the eastern plains, officials said Friday.

"But the fires will occur," said Michael Morgan, the director of state Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

An average season in Colorado is about 45 wildfires burning a total of 160 square miles (415 square kilometers), Morgan said.

The outlook is based on expected weather patterns and fuel — the trees, grass, shrubs and other vegetation that can burn if a fire gets out of hand.

Most of the plains have been in a drought or near-drought conditions since mid-October.



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:04:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Crews have small grass fire in northern El Paso County contained]]> http://gazette.com/crews-have-small-grass-fire-in-northern-el-paso-county-contained/article/1601067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crews-have-small-grass-fire-in-northern-el-paso-county-contained/article/1601067?custom_click=rss

Crews are working to put out a small grass fire in Monument. 

The fire, burning less than an acre, is located off Martingale Road and Saddle Horn Trail near state Highway 105, according to a tweet from the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District. 

By about 12:20 p.m., firefighters had contained the fire and were reinforcing containment lines. 

Officials don't know what caused the small blaze, the department said in another tweet.



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:55:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire at Bellagio Hotel causes temporary closure of Las Vegas Strip]]> http://gazette.com/fire-at-bellagio-hotel-causes-temporary-closure-of-las-vegas-strip/article/1601046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-at-bellagio-hotel-causes-temporary-closure-of-las-vegas-strip/article/1601046?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS — More than 70 firefighters responded to a fire that broke out on the roof of the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip late Thursday.

A Clark County Fire Department spokesman released a statement saying firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the roof of the building on the south side of the lake.

Assistant Fire Chief Larry D. Haydu said in a statement that the location of the fire made access difficult but it was knocked down in under an hour.

Part of Las Vegas Boulevard remained closed early Friday.

No injuries were reported.



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:41:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Handcuffed man lights himself on fire at busy downtown Denver park]]> http://gazette.com/handcuffed-man-lights-himself-on-fire-at-busy-downtown-denver-park/article/1600996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/handcuffed-man-lights-himself-on-fire-at-busy-downtown-denver-park/article/1600996?custom_click=rss

DENVER  — A man was critically injured Thursday when he lit himself on fire after police placed him in handcuffs at a busy downtown Denver park.

The man, whose name and age have not been released, was seen pouring fluid on himself at Civic Center Park, police spokesman Doug Schepman said. Officers trying to take the man into protective custody handcuffed him shortly before he became engulfed in flames.

"It was a matter of seconds," said Schepman, who did not know if the man was patted down before he was handcuffed.

Related:Law enforcement digging up backyard connected to Kelsie Schelling's ex-boyfriend

Police are investigating the incident as an attempted suicide.

Dozens of people passing by saw the scene



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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:01:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Crews fighting 40-acre wildfire north of Woodland Park]]> http://gazette.com/crews-fighting-40-acre-wildfire-north-of-woodland-park/article/1600819?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crews-fighting-40-acre-wildfire-north-of-woodland-park/article/1600819?custom_click=rss

A 40-acre wildfire about nine miles north of Woodland Park, west of Highway 67, is not threatening any structures, officials said.

The fire, which is burning on U.S. Forest Service land in Douglas County, was reported about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. There is no containment. Federal and county resources are on scene, and one helicopter, a bulldozer and additional fire engines have been ordered.

The cause of the fire, known as the Turkey Track 7 fire, is unknown. It is burning grass and dead trees and has closed the Turkey Track shooting area.



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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:03:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire damages unoccupied Manitou Springs home above Cog Railway]]> http://gazette.com/fire-damages-unoccupied-manitou-springs-home-above-cog-railway/article/1600680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-damages-unoccupied-manitou-springs-home-above-cog-railway/article/1600680?custom_click=rss

About 25 firefighters responded to a house fire just above the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Manitou Springs on Sunday morning, according to the city's Fire Department.

A neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from a home that is for sale on Fairview Avenue, just off of Ruxton Avenue, said Dave Hunting, a Fire Department spokesman. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, which caused heavy smoke damage to the house.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was under control at 11:40 a.m. - about two hours after it was first reported, Hunting said.

It is unknown what caused the fire.

Other responding fire departments included Colorado Springs, Green Mountain Falls and Cascade.



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Sun, 09 Apr 2017 14:14:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Small grass fire burns in Colorado Springs cemetery]]> http://gazette.com/small-grass-fire-burns-in-colorado-springs-cemetery/article/1600672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/small-grass-fire-burns-in-colorado-springs-cemetery/article/1600672?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS — Firefighters have extinguished a small grass fire in a southern Colorado cemetery, but it wasn't immediately known if any headstones were damaged.

KKTV reports the fire burned between 4 and 5 acres (1.5 and 2 hectares) in the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs Saturday night.

Fire Battalion Chief Jess Kruckleberg says it was dark when crews put out the fire and they couldn't see the extent of the damage. He said officials planned to return to the cemetery on Sunday.

The fire burned in grass up to 18 inches tall and in pockets of scrub oak. No structures were threatened.

The cause was under investigation.



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Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:09:15 -0600