Fire Burns Close To Homes

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4)– A fire burning in Thornton grew dangerously close to homes on Friday afternoon as homeowners prepared for the worst.

“My heart was racing, it’s still kind of racing because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” said homeowner Gosia Antolik. “I looked out the window and there are flames. I got scared. I didn’t know what to do, pack my things or run outside so I did a little of both.”

Copter4 flew over the fire in Thornton (credit: CBS)

Copter4 flew over the fire in Thornton (credit: CBS)

Firefighters from Thornton worked to gain control of the fire in the neighborhood at 136th between Monaco and Quebec after 3 p.m.

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Antolik started grabbing important documents and electronics but the evacuation order never came. Fire crews got the upper hand on the fire before it got out of control.

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Copter4 flew over the fire which burned about ½ mile in length and a quarter-mile wide in a field behind a housing complex.

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Thornton Fire tweeted an update about fighting the fire from the air:

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The Thornton Fire Department tweeted an update shortly after the fire started:

Additional fire crews from North Metro Fire Rescue, the Brighton Fire Department, Lafayette Fire Department and Rocky Mountain Fire Department along with an air tanker from Fort Collins were called to assist with the fire.

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Crews quickly gained the upper hand on the fire.

“Crews at the moment do have the fire mainly contained, there aren’t any structures threatened at this time. They’re kind of waiting for the fire to burn itself out at this point,” said North Metro Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sara Farris.

What caused the fire remains under investigation.

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Two-year-old Landon even suited up just in case the firefighters needed an extra hand.

“He was a little later but he got his hat and he was ready to offer his assistance where ever they needed it,” said Landon’s father.

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Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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