Firefighters thank local soldiers who called in car fire

Published: Jun. 4, 2018 at 10:40 PM MDT
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The Broadmoor Fire Department is applauding the two soldiers who called in a car fire over the weekend -- and just in time.

Local fire departments have pegged the area near Cheyenne Mountain as one that is at an extreme risk of major wildfires, and it almost happened this weekend.

Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Patrick and Staff Sgt. Cody Libert were driving on Old Stage Road on Sunday when they turned a corner to see a Jeep with a small engine fire.

"We just jumped in and just decided that we needed to call the fire department because it's probably going to start changing pretty quickly ... after we got off the phone the first time, it spread so fast. It hit the gas tank, it just blew up," said Patrick.

The men called fire crews again and Fire Capt. Fred Monroe said those calls made all the difference.

"That had the very big possibility of turning into something that may have been maybe like Mountain Shadows or the Hayman Fire had that not had that quick response," said Capt. Monroe with the Broadmoor Fire Department.

When crews arrived, the fire had burned almost a third of an acre in a heavily-forested area. Firefighters knocked it out quickly before it could spread.

"Being that it was so close to all these houses around here, if we wouldn't have done something it would have caught, lives would have been taken, millions and millions of dollars worth of houses would be lost," said Libert.

Capt. Monroe said the driver whose Jeep caught on fire won't face any charges. He said it was involved in a crash and seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.