Jul 11, 2010 5:38 PM by Matt Stafford

Nearby fires keep Springs' crews busy

After sending trucks around town and shuffling fire fighters between scenes, the Colorado Springs Fire Department has gotten three house fires under control since around midnight, Saturday. Two of those happened very close to one another.

The first fire, at Cornwallis Court, started in the basement of a home being leased by a family of five. Calls came in just before midnight but fire crews were on the scene well into Sunday morning.

Three people were in the home when it caught on fire. Springs' fire fighters say they all got out safely with no injuries.

The family will be displaced while damage is repaired. Springs Fire says the Red Cross is helping the family with living arrangements. A property manager said Sunday morning they're getting things fixed up.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Later that morning crews were called to another fire, coincidentally in the same area -- just a few streets away. This fire caught in the attic of a home on Fabray Lane.

A family of five, who Colorado Springs' fire crews say just moved into the home a few days ago, all got out okay. No injuries were reported.

Colorado Springs Fire Department Lt. Jeff Sievers says this fire was put under control pretty quickly, but fires like this one take time to put out fully. Lt. Sievers says attics create a lot of small areas for fires to spread, and their crews have to go through all of them thoroughly.

Heavy damage to the home was visible.

Springs' Fire says because the family had recently moved, luckily, they were still in possession of their pervious residence. Officials say they will be moving back for the time being.

Lt. Sievers says the close proximity of the fires is just coincidence.

One more fire kept crews busy Sunday morning, this one starting just before 10 a.m. on Tesla Drive.

Crews are investigating how the fire began. Neighbors are saying it may have been intentionally set.

Everyone made it out of the home without major injury. One woman did receive treatment, but neighbors say she seemed okay.

Major damage was done to the home. Crews say the fire started in the garage and moved upstairs.

The cause of the fire on Tesla Drive is still unknown.

All three fires have been extinguished.



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