High winds fuel two fires in Monumnet

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MONUMENT, Colo. — High winds fueled two fires that sparked at nearly the same time Friday morning.

The first fire started around 9:45 a.m. outside a building in a rural area near Old Denver Highway just south of Wagon Gap Trail, said Lt. Steve Burk of the Monument Police Department.

The fire destroyed a barn and burned grass, reported KRDO-TV.

“Crews aggressively attacked the fire preventing it from spreading to the other buildings on the property or to the east across the Union Pacific rail line,” Burk said. “Fortunately, for firefighters, a pond was available on the property to provide an immediate water supply in an area where no fire hydrants existed.”

As firefighters were finishing, they received a call about another fire in the area of Baptist Road and Leather Chaps.

Firefighters from nearby departments were called to help fight this 1/4 acre grass fire. It was contained in about 20 minutes, Burk said.

The first fire caused about $250,000 in damage and it’s cause is being described as accidental. The cause of the second fire has not yet been determined.

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