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Homes, shop lost in fire


September 3, 2020

Colfax crews responded yesterday at 10:40 a.m. to fire on the west hill of Colfax. Exact cause is undetermined, yet it is reported to have started as a brush fire. The fire started between Cromwell and West streets and spread southwest across the hillside as far as Crestview.

Three structures were lost; two houses and a shop/garage. The homes are located on Cromwell Street and Crestview Drive, belonging to the Garcia family and Pugh family, respectively. The garage belonged to another family. Much of the hillside was burned as well.

Another fire call went out at 10:51 a.m. for what is now k...

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