Jan 17, 2011 11:35 AM by Andy Koen

Man burned trying to save child from fire

Relatives of a 44-year-old-man from Colorado Springs say he was badly burned trying to rescue a child from a burning home. At last report, the Colorado Springs Fire Department says as many 5 children were burned by the fire that broke out at a home in the 1500 block of Chesham Circle some time after 3:30 Monday morning.

The man, who relatives say is named Tom, was transported to a burn unit at a Denver area hospital along with one of the children. The other children are being treated at hospitals in Colorado Springs.

As relatives gathered just down the street from the fire, an unidentified woman can be heard telling the group "Tom was badly burned trying to get Tyler out. Tyler's was burned too, they're at the hospital."

Firefighters believe the fire began in a vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the home and spread to the house itself after being fanned by gusting winds.

"The wind really caused problems," said Captain Robert Coffey. "The fire was kind of contained to the vehicle on the outside but then it extended to the second floor of the house."

Coffey says as many as 12 people from multiple families were inside the home at the time of the fire.

"Sounded like they were getting ready to move and so forth, and so they had a lot of their belongings in the car," he explained.

In addition to the wind, the damage caused by the fire made it difficult for firefighters to quickly control the flames.

When firefighters first went inside to search the home, they were limited to just the first floor because the flames had damaged a staircase leading to the second story.

Cpt. Coffey says the crews were able to use ladder trucks to get into the second floor and confirm that everyone had made it out.

Investigators from the Colorado Springs Fire Marshall's Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department's Major Crimes Unit are currently at the home searching for evidence as to what may have caused the fire. Chesham Circle remains closed while the investigation is underway.

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