Fires that destroyed Littleton homes started with oily rags in sun

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Posted 6/11/18

The fires that destroyed two houses and partially burned another in southwest Littleton on June 8 were started when oily rags on a deck spontaneously combusted in afternoon heat, Littleton Fire …

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Fires that destroyed Littleton homes started with oily rags in sun

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The fires that destroyed two houses and partially burned another in southwest Littleton on June 8 were started when oily rags on a deck spontaneously combusted in afternoon heat, Littleton Fire Rescue investigators said.

The fires started at a house on South Bemis Circle, beside Writer's Vista Park just south of West Mineral Avenue, at about 4:30 p.m. according to a news release. Responding firefighters found a second nearby home in flames as well, with a third on South Bemis Street set aflame by falling embers soon after.

Two firefighters were transported to the hospital after suffering heat exhaustion, the release said.

The first two houses were ruled a complete loss. Damage to the third house was isolated to the shake shingle roof.

The fire began when rags used to stain a deck were left out in the sun and spontaneously combusted, investigators said. The high temperature on June 9 was a record-breaking 93 degrees.

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