Mobile home, car burn near Lakedside Amusement Park

LAKESIDE, Colo. - A fire destroyed a mobile home and a car just south of Lakeside Amusement Park on Tuesday evening, sending black smoke billowing into the sky and briefly paralyzing street traffic.

The fire began about 8 p.m. near 45th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in Lakeside, 7NEWS producer Michael de Yoanna reported from the scene.

Flames erupted from the mobile home, igniting a parked car next to it, de Yoanna said. The flames threatened nearby homes.

As groups of people gathered to watch the spectacular blaze from inside and outside the amusement park, police told them to get back, warning there could be an explosion, de Yoanna reported.

Firefighters, however, had the fire under control by about 8:16 p.m.

Lakeside Police Chief Robert Gordanier said investigators believe the fire was caused when the mobile home's air-conditioner unit overheated. The mobile home was being used by a seasonal employee at the amusement park, who was at work then the fire started.

Police closed traffic on Sheridan, a major thoroughfare, between 44th and 46th avenues.