Lillis Lane Fire burning in Coal Creek Canyon contained

Blaze starts in grass, destroys home

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Investigators say fireworks may have been responsible for a grass fire that destroyed a home in Coal Creek Canyon Thursday.

The blaze apparently started in a grassy area on Lillis Lane, moved toward the house and quickly engulfed it.

Neighbors said there was very little they could do.

“I saw the trailer in the garage just go and then the trees and then the house,” said Michelle Levitt, who lives three houses away. “I started running to get my stuff.”

A pre-evacuation warning was sent to 920 phones at 11:45 a.m.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said deputies immediately evacuated adjacent homes as a safety precaution.

“I cried,” said Jordan Jensen, who is staying with her grandparents in Coal Creek Canyon. Jensen said it was the second time in three weeks that she was told to pack her belongings.

Jensen lives in Black Forest with her parents.  She told 7NEWS that the massive fire in Black Forest earlier this month destroyed most of the homes in her neighborhood. 

She said the pre-evac order today brought back memories of that big blaze.

“I called my mom,” she said. “I was freaking out. It was tough.”

When asked about the fire’s cause, Kelley replied, “Talking with homeowner, they indicated that there were fireworks in the area last evening.”

“I sure hope that’s not the case,” said Josh Levitt, whose parents live down the streeet.  

Another neighbor told 7NEWS off camera that some individuals were firing bottle rockets onto his property two nights ago.

“I can’t understand that,” he said.

Kelley said that investigators will be following up on the tip about fireworks.

“Absolutely, we will be looking into what might have caused the fire and who might be responsible, if it’s human caused.”

Jeffco Public Schools had a bus on standby to transport children at a daycare center in the canyon to Ralston Valley High School.  It turns out that the bus wasn’t needed.

Kelley says a quick response by firefighters kept the blaze from spreading beyond the one house.

She reminded residents that fire restrictions are in place for areas of Jefferson County east of Highway 93 and C-470.  She said a fire ban is in place for areas of the county west of those highways.

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