LAFAYETTE – While multiple agencies worked to put out a house fire in Superior, nearby in Lafayette, two other homes were at risk of going up in flames because of a grass fire.
Lafayette Fire Battalion Chief Chad Rennich says his crews were dispatched to the area of 95th Avenue and Highway 52 around 3 p.m. on a report of a five-acre grass fire.
The fire was contained about 10 minutes later, and Rennich says even a few more minutes could have ignited severe damage to two homes and six horse trailers nearby.
Firefighters remained on scene cleaning up through 5:30 p.m.
While the area of 95th Avenue and Highway 52 is typically in the Mountain View Fire Department's jurisdiction, area firefighters were stretched thin and Lafayette was called out to help.
Firefighting agencies were so busy due to the fires in Lafayette and Superior, as well as several medical calls, that at least five departments were all covering for each other, Rennich says, including Westminster Fire, Brighton Fire, Boulder Fire, Longmont Fire, and Mountain View Fire Rescue.
Due to the heat, many firefighter had to be relieved from fighting the flames at the duplex in Superior, which meant more crews had to be called in to assist.
Crews responding to the house fire in Superior also included North Metro Fire, Rocky Mountain Fire, and Boulder Rural Fire Department.
Damage from the grass fire was contained to the grass and some old tree stumps, Rennich said.
The battalion chief added Sunday was the busiest day he has ever seen in his 14 years on the job in Lafayette.
Residents of two evacuated homes in Lafayette have returned safely.
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