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May 30, 2013 11:30 PM by Connie Murphy, Eric Ross

Grass fire in El Paso County now contained

Fire crews will continue to check for hotspots into Friday morning in a field near Marksheffel and Fountaine.

Around 7 p.m., firefighters received calls of a grass fire in a field. They were able to contain the blaze by 10 p.m. Thursday.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported and nearby homes were not damaged. Approximately 50 acres were destroyed.

A witness told News 5 crews on scene that she saw a man she believed was burning trash in the field when the fire began to spread. She then reported seeing that man leaving the scene in a pickup truck.

Two other witnesses we spoke with on scene told similar stories. A deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office was heard over the radio talking about investigating claims of suspicious activity in the field moments prior to the grass fire.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office tells News 5 the Security Fire Department is leading the investigation and that sheriff's deputies were on scene to assist with crowd control. Several deputies were also speaking with residents in the area.

An official cause of the fire has yet to be determined. No suspects or persons of interest have been taken into custody.

Wake up with News 5 Today for the very latest updates on this developing story.



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