Fire near Denver International Airport might have been intentionally set

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BRIGHTON, Colo. — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether a brush fire that was threatening at least one building in Brighton on Sunday was intentionally set.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 32000 block of East 144th Avenue near Denver International Airport about 1:30 p.m., Brighton Fire Rescue said.

Firefighters were working to protect a structure in the area, fire spokeswoman Natalie Ridderbos said.

Strong winds of 15-20 mph pushed the fire south and more than 300 acres were burned. Two unused outbuildings were also destroyed in the fire.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire from reaching all other structures, including homes in the area.

Four other fire departments aided the Brighton Fire Department in fighting the flames.

No one was injured. Crews contained the fire before 5 p.m. and remained on scene to monitor hot spots.

Citizens and children were seen trying to help put out hot spots Sunday afternoon.


At about 5 p.m., Ridderbos said the fire was contained but had burned 300 acres and two unused sheds.

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