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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 23:54

Brighton, CO Fire Rescue Battles Commercial Structure Fire, Several Explosions


Brighton CO Tire Shop Fire

Brighton Fire Rescue battled a fire that consumed a tire shop, sounding off loud pops believed to be tires exploding and sending dark plumes into the sky on June 2, 2017.


Brighton Fire Rescue battled a fire the evening of June 2, that gutted a multi-business building as several explosions kept firefighters from entering the blazing structure. Widespread flames shot high into the sky and a black plume of smoke was visible across the city.

Firefighters got the blaze under control about 8:15 p.m., but continued to work hot spots, said Natalie Ridderbos, a Brighton Fire Rescue spokeswoman.


Homes nearby the fire, which is on North Main Street near Longs Peak Street, were evacuated. North Main Street was closed north of East Bridge Street, she said. Firefighters urged people to avoid the area.


One person was initially stuck inside but was able to get out before firefighters arrived, Ridderbos said. There were no reports of injuries.


Crews were on-scene at about 3:45 p.m. Brighton firefighters were helped by neighboring fire departments including South Adams, Fort Lupton, Hudson and North Metro.


The building, which is a total loss, included an auto body shop, a market and hair salon.


Multiple flammable materials inside caused several explosions, so crews were unable to enter and worked the fire from the exterior.


The fire likely began in the auto body shop, the fire district said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Thank you to The Denver Post for reprint permission.


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