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Jun 4, 2014 12:22 AM by Eric Ross

News 5 Investigates: Brush fire in Hanover ruled suspicious

A suspicious brush fire in El Paso County gave homeowners a scare Tuesday afternoon.

The fire broke out shortly after 2:30 p.m. near the community of Hanover, southeast of Colorado Springs.

Neighbor David Ferrell was at work when his neighbor called and told him a brush fire was burning just yards away from his home. Fortunately, his home and others around it survived.

"I arrived on scene and basically it was all put out," Ferrell said. "I saw the arson
investigators here at the top of the hill and the trucks were here to put out the hotspots."

First responders were on-scene within 15-minutes of the first 9-1-1 call. More than a dozen brush trucks from multiple agencies arrived to help. High winds and low humidity created a recipe for danger, and caused firefighters to evacuate homes within a 5-mile radius as a precaution.

"We still had hot spots," Hanover Fire Chief Carl Tatum said. "The embers were still blowing. We just didn't know what was going to be popping up and where. We wanted to make sure we didn't give a false sense of security for homeowners when there's still the possibility of the fire getting away from us."

The fire was contained to 13-acres. Evacuation orders were lifted just before 5 in the afternoon.

Now investigators are left trying to figure out the cause.

Neighbors are just as curious as to what what sparked a fire in their calm neighborhood.

"I can't imagine what would have started that," Ferrell said. "I don't think there's been any lightning strikes or anything like that."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Residents who are registered for emergency notifications received evacuation alerts.

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