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Three injured in Cripple Creek Motel Fire

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Three people were injured following a fire at the Cripple Creek Motel. Police say one of them is a police officer suffering smoke inhalation, the others have significant burn injuries. All three were taken by helicopter to an area hospital and are expected to completely recover.

The fire started around 3 a.m. and fire fighters responded quickly. The flames were out within 40 minutes.

The fire caused massive damage to the motel's second floor. All 25 guests at the establishment were relocated to the Gold King Mountain Inn.

A crew with the American Red Cross stepped in to provide assistance to those impacted. The Aspen Mine Center provided clothing to guests who lost their belongings in the fire.

An update as of 4:45 p.m. says the injured police officer is stable and being observed overnight due to smoke inhalation. The other two injured are still being treated and expected to recover.

Highway 67 in Cripple Creek was closed near 5th Street for several hours because of the fire.

The Cripple Creek Police Department, Teller County Sheriff's Office, Arson Investigators and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were able to determine the fire was accidental, but exact cause unknown.

The incident is still under investigation.

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