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Huge wildfire in Colorado was caused by a deputy’s CAR when catalytic converter lit dry grass


Huge wildfire in Colorado was caused by a deputy’s CAR when catalytic converter lit dry grass while officer was driving through a field to reach a suspicious vehicle

  • The deputy tried to intercept a suspicious vehicle and drove across a field
  • The car became stuck and a spark from the catalytic converter started a fire
  • It spread across 100 acres, forcing 50 homes to evacuate¬†

A spark from a sheriff’s vehicle has caused a huge wildfire in Colorado that forced residents from 50 homes to evacuate.

The El Paso County sheriff’s deputy was trying to intercept a suspicious vehicle and drove across a field.

But the car got stuck in the grass and a spark from a catalytic converter set it alight, destroying the vehicle as it spread over 100 acres. 

A spark from a sheriff’s vehicle has caused a huge wildfire in Colorado that forced residents from 50 homes to evacuate

The El Paso County sheriff's deputy was trying to intercept a suspicious vehicle and drove across a field

The El Paso County sheriff’s deputy was trying to intercept a suspicious vehicle and drove across a field

The blaze came within feet of buildings and burned walls near an Amazon warehouse yesterday.

Around 50 homes were evacuated in the Security-Widefield neighborhood.

The deputy immediately told fire crews about the blaze and he is reportedly uninjured.

Around 100 firefighters, 28 deputies 63 CSPD officers and multiple emergency agencies attended the scene.

The blaze came within feet of buildings and burned walls near an Amazon warehouse yesterday

The blaze came within feet of buildings and burned walls near an Amazon warehouse yesterday

The airport was under a shelter for hours with 200 people ordered not to leave the building during the fire.

All inbound flights were also canceled for several hours.

The fire is considered accidental but it will be investigated.

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