FOUNTAIN — I-25 Northbound between US-85 and Exit 132 was reopened around 1:15 P.M. after a car that caught fire started a brush fire off of the highway.
The initial call came in just after 12:15 P.M. as a vehicle fire that started a number of vegetation fires along I-25 and Bandley Drive.
The fire is now 100% contained and was around 1 mile long. Fire crews from Fountain, Hanover, Stratmoor, El Paso County, and Security crews responded.
Fountain Fire Department is working a brush fire on the NB side of I-25. The interstate is closed NB at the 128 and rerouting all traffic on Hwy 85.— City of Fountain, CO (@cityoffountain) April 19, 2022
PIO Schneider enroute. Media Staging south of Loves on Bandley Dr. pic.twitter.com/NfvHq0Ijvg
Fountain Police say that a vehicle was on fire while traveling on I-25,which its occupants were not aware of initially.
Once they realized the car was on fire, they pulled over and drove through the median to access Bandley Drive.
Since the vehicle was engulfed in flames, the brush surrounding it then caught fire.
No injuries have been reported, and only one structure was threatened by the fire but was not lost.
There was also a crash in the area that occurred soon after fire crews arrived on scene. The crash involved five cars and a motorcycle, and Colorado State Patrol and Fountain Fire responded to that incident as well.
The driver of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital.
This is a developing news story, News5 has a crew on the scene.
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