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Lightning sparks three minor fires Sunday afternoon

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ELIZABETH, Colo. -- A quick-moving thunderstorm sparked three small fires in and around Elbert County Sunday afternoon, firefighters said.

All three blazes started about 1:46 p.m.

One occurred just south of Elizabeth, at an outbuilding on the 1700 block of Paddock Street. There was moderate damage to storage units before firefighters were able to knock the blaze down.

A second strike on CR 17-21 hit a satellite dish and travelled through a house wall, causing smoke inside the house.

Residents self-evacuated and called 911, but there was no fire.

Finally, a small grass fire broke out in Franktown, reportedly damaging a barn. This was also knocked down quickly.