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Grass fire burns Tuesday afternoon near Aurora homes

Posted at 10:14 PM, Mar 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 00:30:26-04

AURORA, Colo. – A grass fire that sparked Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m. in Aurora was extinguished by fast-acting firefighters before it could reach nearby apartment complexes.

The fire burned for about 45 minutes near the intersection of Tower Road and Mansfield before it was extinguished.

Dejon Lenston watched and recorded the fire with his phone as the flames got closer and closer to his home.

“I just see black smoke and I instantly jump up out off the couch,” said Lenston. “It was far, and then literally within five minutes, it was back shooting this way and then came closer to the apartments.”

Aurora Fire and Rescue got to the flames and wet the homes near the fire before they started working on the fire itself, according to the public information officer.

Lenston’s mother, Roni Edwards, was on her way home when she got a call from her son.

“He was screaming. Mom, the house!” said Edwards. “Is anybody hurt? Is anybody home? Did it reach any of our homes…because I’m always worried about that open field anyway.”

No one was hurt and no buildings were affected, but the wind was visible and the huge black charred space served as a reminder of how much worse this could have been for Lenston and Edwards.

“I just stood on my balcony, flabbergasted at how close it was. Crazy,” said Edwards. “There’s nothing scarier than fire. Nothing scarier than fire.”

Fire investigators are working to find the cause of the fire.