On Friday morning, Nov. 8, Tri-Lakes Monument firefighters and surrounding departments responded to two nearly simultaneous fires on a very blustery day. The first fire was received at approximately 9:45 a.m. reporting a fire on the outside of a building to the south of 1051 Synthes Ave. First arriving companies found an outside fire next to a 30 foot x 50 foot storage building several hundred feet from the nearest road. Quickly, the wind-whipped fire extended to that, a second smaller storage building, and the yard to the east of the property which is located off of Old Denver Highway just south of Wagon Gap Trail.
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.
Fortunately, for firefighters, a pond was available on the property to provide an immediate water supply in an area where no fire hydrants existed. Railroad traffic on the Union Pacific line was temporarily halted while the blaze was fought. Damage estimate was set at $250,000 and preliminary investigation indicates the cause of the fire was accidental.
While crews were extinguishing the first fire, at approximately 11:30 a.m., calls were received for, and firefighters noticed a plume of smoke in the area of Baptist Road and Leather Chaps. Due to the unavailability of Tri-Lakes Monument crews, mutual aid crews responded and found an approximate a quarter-acre fire on the east side of Kingswood Dr, north of Baptist Road. Crews aggressively attacked this fire as well, and limited the damage to the 1⁄4 acre of wooded area. The fire was under control in approximately 20 minutes. Cause of this fire is under investigation.
Crews who assisted Tri-Lakes Monument on both fires were the Wescott, Black Forest, and Larkspur fire districts, Colorado Springs and Palmer Lake Fire Departments and El Paso County Wildland fire team. Please direct any questions to Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Chief Chris Truty at 719-484-0911.
Anyone with information regarding the Kingswood Dr fire is asked to call the Monument Police Department at (719) 481-3253.