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Fire extinguished at Columbine High School

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By Ramsey Scott

A fire in a ceiling at Columbine High School late Wednesday afternoon was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

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Welders installing a metal door on the north side of the school noticed smoke coming from the ceiling and called 911, said Littleton Fire Department spokesman Doug Ireland.

Firefighters found some insulation and wood had ignited and were producing a large amount of smoke. Ireland said firefighters from Littleton, West Metro, South Metro and Englewood responded and extinguished the fire quickly.

The first unit from Littleton responded within 30 seconds of the report. It happened to be driving by the school while returning from another call.

Ireland said there were no injuries.

The parking lot at the school was crammed with the 20 or so units that responded, along with crowds making their way to Clement Park for Wednesday’s Red, White & You festival.

Ireland said firefighters driving the trucks had to be extra careful because of the large number of people near the school.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.