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Breckenridge: Red, White and Blue knocks out machine fire in Peak 7

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Special to the Daily/Red, White & Blue Fire DistriA piece of heavy equipment burst into flames on Peak 7 in Breckenridge Wednesday morning. Seven firefighters made a quick attack to control the fire before it spread to nearby trees, according to a Red, White and Blue Fire Prevention District statement on the call. The fire was caused by a mechanical failure in the machine's engine. The equipment was destroyed and the total damage was valued at $150,000.
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The operator of a piece of heavy equipment walked away from the machine just before it burst into flames on Peak 7 in Breckenridge Wednesday morning. He heard a popping noise and saw smoke and flames coming from the engine. In the time it took him to retrieve a fire extinguisher, the whole machine had caught fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, the machine, used to cut and stack trees, was engulfed by the blaze. Seven firefighters made a quick attack to control the fire before it spread to nearby trees, according to a Red, White and Blue Fire Prevention District statement on the call. The fire was caused by a mechanical failure in the machine’s engine. The equipment was destroyed and the total damage was valued at $150,000. Fire officials said the inch or so of snow that fell on Breckenridge overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday morning helped keep the blaze from becoming a wildfire. “The quick action of the community seeing smoke and calling 911 helped prevent this fire from spreading,” Red, White and Blue deputy chief Jay Nelson stated. “Our firefighters were able to begin containing and extinguishing this fire before it could spread to the nearby trees and thick pine duff.”


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