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Wildfire Linked to Colorado Auto Collision

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FiremanEveryone in Colorado has been watching the tragic blaze unfold, a disaster of national importance raging through the state. To make matters worse, there seems to be preliminary evidence that it was caused by man and not nature.

Troy Hooper, who currently manages Real Aspen, shares what little is known so far:

One of the biggest and baddest wildfires in this county’s history appears to have been ignited by a vehicle crashing into a propane tank, according to a 911 recording released Tuesday. An unidentified caller can be heard reporting a fire at 7100 Fourmile Canyon to authorities at approximately 10 a.m. Monday and, a little while later, a local firefighter arriving on scene can be heard urgently calling for backup.

‘I have a fully involved fire. I have trees torching. It’s right at the base of Emerson Gulch. Get Gold Hill Fire (Protection District) out here now!’ the fireman shouts.

Another official later tells 911 dispatch: ‘It was a collision with a propane tank that caused this fire.’

If that is correct, then it would classify this as one of the most costly auto accidents on record. Take a look at some of the effects of the fire as shared by The Associated Press on its YouTube channel:

Once the immediate danger to life and limb is contained, there is a high probability that we will be hearing more about this. While no information is available at this time, it is certain that authorities are investigating the car accident that allegedly caused the blaze and the circumstances surrounding it. The liability issues alone are quite intimidating.

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