‘Organic material’ fueled smoking-caused fire in Aurora

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Aurora firefighters respond to the scene of a house fire on Aug. 20, 2013. (Photo: Twitter / Aurora Fire Department)

Aurora firefighters respond to the scene of a house fire on Aug. 20, 2013. (Photo: Twitter / Aurora Fire Department)

AURORA, Colo. — Two homes next door to each other caught fire in a southeast Aurora neighborhood on Tuesday evening. On Thursday morning, fire crews said the two-alarm fire was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials and accelerated by winds gust and “organic material” inside one of the homes.

Both homes in the 17600 block of East Temple Drive were considered total losses, but thankfully no one suffered serious injuries.

Aurora Fire also said the blaze was not noticed immediately, causing a delay in the notification of the fire department — something that also enabled the fire’s swelling process.

Fire officials were specific about the wind gusts at the scene of the fire, saying they reached 24 miles miles per hour. However, officials stopped short of getting specific about the other fire accelerator, saying only that an “accumulation of organic material” contributed to the spread of the blaze.

The Aurora Fire Department said the fire, which was first reported around 5:30 p.m., was knocked down by 6:15 p.m.

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