BENNETT, Colo. (CBS4) – On the south side of the Denver metropolitan area, a large cloud of smoke could be seen for miles. The smoke is said to be from the Bennett area.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office says the fire is burning at an oil well in Bennett. Quincy Avenue is closed to Watkins Road, and Watkins Road is closed three miles north of Quincy Avenue, they say.
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Currently, only the equipment is on fire and there is no risk to public safety, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office. They add that the material is dangerous and that the firefighters are not currently attacking the fire. The bomb squad is on site to determine if an explosion is likely.
“This fire can explode at any time and they are just very concerned and do not want to approach at this point,” said Ginger Delgado, public information officer at ACSO.
The sheriff’s officials say no evacuations are ongoing and the nearest house is about five miles away.
Crestone Peak Resources says there were approximately 45 people on the site when the fire broke out and all of them were recorded. No injuries were reported.
It is not clear how the fire started. Jason Oats, a spokesman for Crestone, says the site is home to pumping equipment and diesel trucks.
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Operations have been suspended for an indefinite period, he says.
Authorities are asking the public to stay away from the area as several fire departments and the sheriff’s deputy respond.
Copter4 was briefly over the fire until the authorities told him to leave because of the threat of large explosions.
Franktown Fire and the Castle Rock Professional Firefighters both tweeted about visible smoke.
“A column of smoke can be seen from Franktown. It’s from Bennett. There is currently no fire in our district, ”said Franktown officials.
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“This is actually way out of town and you don’t have to call 911 to get there,” Castle Rock told Professional Firefighters.