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Metal Shop Fire Near Longmont Causes Problems For Firefighters

LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters were watching for hot spots overnight into Tuesday morning after an intense fire ripped through a metal shop in unincorporated Boulder County on Monday morning.

The fire started at about 7 a.m. at the Colorado Precision Plating Company, located near the intersection of 65th and Nelson Road near Longmont.

Crews ran into some trouble when they got to the scene. There are no hydrants in the area, which briefly delayed the firefight.

Investigators are trying to figure out how the fire started.

The fire flared back up overnight and firefighters decided to just let the fire burn out. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Department said because of the types of chemicals the business used, Boulder Hazmat had to be called out along with the Environmental Protection Agency and state health department.

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Several firefighters who were on scene had to be decontaminated. A buffer zone of 150 feet was set up and two nearby residences had to be evacuated.

While the chemicals inside the building were studied, firefighters were kept from entering the building.

Nobody was in the building during the fire and nobody was hurt.

The residents who had to be evacuated were allowed back later Monday evening.


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