Oct 27, 2010 11:21 AM by Andy Koen

Fire forces Pueblo family out in the cold

A Pueblo family was left out in the cold Wednesday morning after their home caught fire. It happened just before 7:00 a.m. in the 2800 block of East 15th Street.

Fire fighters say it started in a utility room in the basement. The family got out safely.

While the exact cause is still under investigation, fire spokesman Woody Percival says it appears that there were clothes left lying too close to the water heater that caught fire.

The home suffered significant structural damage and the family won't be allowed to live there. Early cost estimates put the damage at $50,000.

Percival says this is the second fire in as many weeks where clothing was left too close to a water heater or furnace. He recommends leaving at least 3 feet of clearance around the furnace.


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