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Firefighters battle large barn fire

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Published: Jul. 5, 2017 at 6:19 AM MDT
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Several mobile homes were evacuated Wednesday morning while firefighters battled a large barn fire on the south end of the Springs.

The fire was reported at 5:41 a.m.. directly behind Lamplighter Community mobile home park near South Academy Boulevard and Drennan Road. A witness saw smoke while dropping off newspapers.

"Around 5:45 I was off Monterey and Hancock doing my newspaper route when I see a cloud of smoke going up," Cassie Glasby told 11 News.

At one point, the thick black smoke could be seen all the way from Pueblo. A firefighter told 11 News the amount of smoke was caused by burning Styrofoam. Burning equipment contributed to the dark color.

Parts of Lamplighter Community were evacuated due to the smoke.

"I was sleeping, get a bang on my window, and I come running out the door. I look up and there's this fire ... it was huge. I thought the back end of my house was on fire. I run out -- I didn't even grab my shoes -- and by the time I came out, that whole back of that [inaudible] was on fire," said Ravin Peebles, who was evacuated from his home.

The fire proved challenging for firefighters from the get-go, starting with just accessing the construction yard where the barn was located.

"Crews had their hands full. Water supply was an issue. We did have aerial water streams flowing from our ladder trucks. It was a large body of fire with a lot of equipment involved, so it was going to take a little bit of effort to contain the fire," a fire captain told 11 News.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the lot where the barn was located, though it did spread to some semi-trailers stored near the barn. Forty firefighters responded to the fire.

It's still not clear what started the fire.

This is a developing story and we will update as we learn more.