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Windstorm knocks down trees, power lines across Colorado

In one instance, a downed power line sparked a fire in a tree near a home, South Metro Fire Rescue said.

COLORADO, USA — A powerful wind event brought numerous trees and powerlines down across Colorado Wednesday. 

In Denver, the fire department responded to calls across the city. The Denver Fire Department and Englewood police responded to a home at 4386 S. Sherman St. in Englewood after a large tree fell on a home. A large tree also blocked South Lincoln Street near East Stanford Avenue, according to Englewood police.

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Englewood police said in a tweet that West Dartmouth Avenue was closed at South Delaware Street due to an electric pole in the roadway.

Credit: Denver Fire Department
Strong winds caused a tree to fall into a home in the 4300 block of South Sherman in Englewood on Dec. 15, 2021.

South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) responded to numerous calls about trees and electrical lines down, according to their tweets. In one instance, in the 5000 block of S. Michigan Court in Littleton, a live power line was down across two backyards.

A tree was energized and smoldering and firefighters worked to extinguish burning vegetation from flying sparks in a neighboring yard. Xcel was able to de-energize the line, which allowed firefighters to extinguish the burning apple tree.

Credit: South Metro Fire Rescue

WATCH: The video below shows power lines sparking and firefighters dousing a tree.

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The southbound lanes of Union Boulevard were closed between Mississippi and Florida avenues in Lakewood after a large tree fell onto a power line. 

Power lines were snapped in southern Colorado near Fowler, according to our news partners at KRDO.

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Power lines damaged near Fowler.

Anyone who sees a downed power line is reminded not to touch it and to call 911 instead.

The Littleton Tennis Bubble is closed indefinitely after it sustained "substantial damage" from the wind, according to South Suburban Parks and Recreation. There were no injuries reported, but the bubble will be closed for an unknown amount of time as damage is assessed and then repaired. The Littleton Golf Pro Shop will remain open.

Credit: South Suburban Rec

In Arvada, strong winds brought down the city's Christmas tree, which was on display in Olde Town Square, a tweet from the city says. 

 "It's going to take away from some of the ambiance, but I know these business owners down here, we're all in the holiday spirit, and so no, it's not going to dampen our holiday spirit," said Joe Hengstler, the executive director of Olde Town Arvada.

Teams were working to secure the area and residents are asked to use caution if in that area. A hut used for the Arvada Maker's Market was also blown over and damaged, according to the city.

Credit: Darren Whitehead
The Christmas tree in Olde Town Arvada fell in strong winds on Dec. 15, 2021.

RELATED: Arvada's Olde Town Christmas tree topples in the wind

In Broomfield, a backyard trampoline flew into some power lines and got stuck there, according to North Metro Fire Rescue (NMFR). No one was hurt, the agency said, but Xcel will have to cut power to the area so that it can be safely removed. 

RELATED: Here's a look at the strongest winds that Colorado saw on Wednesday


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