Firefighters say booby-trapped camps causing safety issues

Homeless camp fire near I-25 and Bijou St. Nov. 10, 2017.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Crews worked to put out the flames at a homeless camp fire along Monument Creek in Colorado Springs Friday.

Firefighters say the camp was booby-trapped, and it's a trend they've seen happening a lot lately.

"We did find a tripwire on this camp and we really have had to pay attention to that as firefighters this is a new safety issue that we are going to have to deal with as we respond of these homeless camp fires along the Monument Creek area,” Captain Steve Oswald with CSFD said.

It’s unclear if the traps are being set maliciously, or so others don't steal their belongings. But firefighters are ready just in case.

"We are trying to watch out for any type of trap that maybe they're there could be stuff like holes dug or tripwires again that is something that we are starting to alert holler firefighters and law-enforcement about and we are looking out for the safety of our police officers also,” Oswald said.

The fire burned near I-25 under the Bijou Street bridge. 11 News was first on scene just after 11 a.m., before any firefighters, and called 911 to report the flames.

Firefighters tell the 11 News crew on scene that they were in the process of training for the same scenario in an area close by when they were called to fight the fire.