Aug 4, 2012 4:06 AM by Juice Godfrey

Fire sends four to the hospital, injures two police officers.

Four people have been injured and taken to the hospital after an overnight apartment fire in Colorado Springs. Two police officers were also treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, and remain on duty after the fire.

The first 911 calls came into the dispatch center at 12:10 a.m. and fire fighters were at the apartment complex four minutes later. A fire department spokesperson tells News 5 that the officers were trying to keep evacuated residents from returning to their damaged homes to retrieve their pets.

There is no estimate on how costly the damage to the building is, but the fire department calls it "extensive" to the apartment the blaze started in. The building is at 934 W. Moreno ave. on the Springs West side. All the units in the 4-plex have damage, with the original unit and the one above it receiving the most. The other two apartments are said to have smoke damage. All the residents of the building have been displaced and are being helped by the Red Cross.

There is no word on what started the fire, but neighbors reported hearing an explosion coming from the building. A fire investigator has arrived to begin searching for the cause of the fire.



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