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3-alarm fire in Colorado Springs sparked by 'careless smoking'

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The cause of a 3-alarm fire in Colorado Springs that impacted nearly two dozen homes was careless smoking according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Capt. Brian Vaughan told 11 News someone put a cigarette in a ...

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo(KKTV) - A massive structure fire tore through nearly two dozen townhomes Monday, spurred on by ample fuel, gusty wind and a nearby gas meter that served as a flamethrower. Firefighters confirm the destructive fire that ousted around 70 people and rendered many homeless was started by a carelessly discarded cigarette. "Someone in the area -- I'm not sure if it was a resident at this point -- but someone put a cigarette in a planter ..So, that person put a cigarette in the planter; it grew from there It burned material next to it, got into a fence and when the flame got big enough, it impends upon a gas meter And the condo at the gas meter failed, and then at that point, we had gas free-flowing into the flames, which made it an exceedingly hostile fire," said Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesperson Brian Vaughn. Firefighters got the first call at 3:30 p.mto respond to Charleston Drive on the Springs' southeast side for a fire It became a multiple-alarm fire while crews were still en route.

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