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Jun 17, 2014 11:33 PM by Matt Prichard

Blaze sparks arson investigation

Widefield park set a-blaze Tuesday as fire crews rushed to snuff out flames on a windy day in Southern Colorado.

"We got here and obviously had an active fire, grass fire that was going on. They were able to pretty quickly contain the fire and get the fire out. The fire consumed about three acres is the estimate at this point," said El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Lt. Jeff Kramer.

Within two hours firefighters were cleaning up, but not before residents got a look and a dose of reality, that these kind of fires can happen anywhere and anytime.

"Pretty crazy, I used to go over there all the time just to mess around by the lake. And that there's a fire over there is pretty crazy, it's so close to home," said 13-year Security-Widefield resident, David Brunner.

"I mean I know what wind can do to a fire, and it can change directions quite quickly. So that was my main concern, how windy it is right now," said resident, Dave Brudzinski. 

But for investigators the story doesn't end there, as evidence around the burn site suggest it may not have been an accident. 

Lt. Kramer says the investigation is ongoing, but at the end of the day he's just happy they were able to work together and get the fire out.

"It's a great example of a very quick response from a number of different agencies, good collaboration between those agencies to get this fire under control very quickly. And now it falls into the investigators hands to find out exactly what went on," said Lt. Kramer. 

We will keep you updated as more details become available both online and on-air at KOAA.com. 

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