Firefighters fight 45 fires within 6 hours on July 4th

DENVER (KDVR) — One fire department alone responded to nearly four dozen fires within six hours on July 4.

According to South Metro Fire Rescue, crews responded to 45 fires between 6 p.m. and midnight Thursday.

Firefighters across the metro expected a busy night as Americans celebrated Independence Day by setting off fireworks — some legal, some not. South Metro said most of the fires were caused by fireworks and involved grass or mulch.

According to emergency services, one adult was seriously injured and one child was slightly injured in two fireworks incidents out of the 45 fires. Both were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

South Metro Fire Rescue serves 540,000 residents in cities such as Bow Mar, Castle Pines, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Foxfield, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Lone Tree, Parker, Castle Pines Village Highlands Ranch and Louviers.

South Metro wasn’t the only department called out for fireworks accidents. Fire stations across the metro responded to house and grass fires.

One person was injured in a house fire in the 100 block of Sable Boulevard in Aurora.

The Fourth of July may be over, but fire danger is still high. Homeowners need to be aware of the possibility of fires that could be started by improperly disposed of fireworks.

To ensure that the fireworks are completely extinguished, all fireworks should be placed in a bucket of water, according to the fire department.