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Wednesday morning's three-alarm blaze in historic Old Colorado City destroyed three businesses on the 2400 block of Colorado Avenue, and toasted the buildings housing Meadow Muffins and the Michael Garman studio on either side. "It's like a gap in a smile where three teeth were removed," said photographer Sean Cayton. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and fire department spokesman Neil Luehring reports that the entire block was evacuated due to concerns about the smoke and what might have been in it. "Could have been asbestos; in these old buildings you just don't know," he said. Of the onlookers, Cayton noted that no one looked happy. "This is a real downer for Christmas business."

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