July 4 fires in­jure three in Den­ver, in­clud­ing 2-year-old

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

Den­ver fire­fight­ers re­sponded to 29 fires on the Fourth of July while paramedics took a 2-year-old boy and two adults to hos­pi­tals for burn treat­ments.

One adult was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with one of the burn in­ci­dents, said Gre­gory Pix­ley, spokesman for the Den­ver Fire Depart­ment.

Tues­day’s fire tally could in­crease be­cause 20 emer­gency re­sponse re­ports have not been com­pleted, he said. Even if the num­ber doesn’t in­crease, 29 is still a lot, Pix­ley said.

In 2016, fire­fight­ers re­sponded to 35 fires on In­de­pen­dence Day. That num­ber was more than dou­ble the fires re­ported on July 4, 2015.

A va­ri­ety of fac­tors — not just il­le­gal fire­works ac­tiv­ity — could af­fect the num­ber of fires re­ported each year on the hol­i­day, Pix­ley said. Hot, dry weather con­di­tions also could be a ma­jor con­tribut­ing fac­tor. What­ever the rea­son, re­spond­ing to 29 fires in a sin­gle day taxes the fire depart­ment’s re­sources and could limit its abil­ity to re­spond to other emer­gen­cies such as heart at­tacks or car ac­ci­dents.

A tod­dler and an adult were in­jured in a small fire re­ported at 9:03 p.m. Tues­day at a home on the 4500 block of Clay­ton Street. The names and con­di­tions of the pair have not been re­leased. Den­ver po­lice ar­rested one per­son in con­nec­tion to the in­juries and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the burns were caused by fire­works, he said.

In an­other in­ci­dent at 7:30 p.m, the ex­te­rior of a house on the 2600 block of Yale Av­enue caught on fire, Pix­ley said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are work­ing to de­ter­mine if fire­works caused the blaze.

Pix­ley re­it­er­ated the dan­ger of novices us­ing fire­works.”Es­sen­tially those things are ex­plo­sives,” he said.

Mis­takes by well-mean­ing hol­i­day rev­el­ers eas­ily can lead to se­ri­ous in­juries, deaths or home de­struc­tion.

Fire­fight­ers in other Den­ver metro cities re­sponded to nu­mer­ous grass, house and trash fires — many of which of­fi­cials be­lieve were trig­gered by il­le­gal fire­works.

North Metro Fire Rescue Dis­trict fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished a house fire early Tues­day morn­ing on the 12000 block of Ivy Court in un­in­cor­po­rated Adams County, said Sara Far­ris, fire depart­ment spokes­woman. Neigh­bors said three peo­ple were in­side the two-story home when the fire broke out and helped them evac­u­ate safely, she said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have de­ter­mined that the fire was ac­ci­den­tal and be­lieve the most likely cause was the im­proper dis­posal of fire­works in a trash can out­side the home.

On Tues­day night, North Metro crews re­sponded to two brush fires in North­glenn. The first hap­pened on Claude Court at 8:10 p.m. Neigh­bors were able to ex­tin­guish the fire be­fore fire crews ar­rived, Far­ris said.

The sec­ond broke out at 8:45 p.m. on Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Drive just north of Mal­ley Drive. Sev­eral bushes were en­gulfed in flames and started to burn a car and trash bin, she said. Fire­fight­ers quickly ex­tin­guished the fire and found rem­nants of fire­works in the bushes.

Far­ris said peo­ple should be care­ful when dis­card­ing sparklers and other smok­ing ma­te­ri­als by first thor­oughly ex­tin­guish­ing them with wa­ter be­fore plac­ing the items in a metal garbage can.

Fire­work-caused fires don’t only hap­pen on July 4, of­fi­cials say. They of­ten hap­pen in days lead­ing up to and fol­low­ing the hol­i­day.

A child ig­nited a fire with fire­works near a creek in Green­wood Vil­lage just be­fore noon Wed­nes­day. The fire climbed a steep hill, threat­ened three homes and forced a tem­po­rary evac­u­a­tion, said South Metro Fire Author­ity spokesman Eric Hurst.

Fire­fight­ers were able to con­tain the roughly hal­facre fire be­fore it reached the homes, but it did dam­age the back­yard fence of one of the homes.

Hurst said fire­fight­ers also ex­tin­guished two large grass fires on July 4 that in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve were started by fire­works.

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