Posted: Mar 22, 2011 10:30 PM by John Romero
Updated: Mar 23, 2011 4:16 AM
As many as 25 people are without a home Tuesday night after a fire destroyed part of the Camelot Apartment complex near Murray and Airport.
Fire crews were called to the scene just after 5pm. "When the first units arrived they found a pretty heavy body of smoke involved and found fire blowing out the window." explains Capt. Robert Coffey with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Two of the units suffered intense fire damage with four others affected as well. "There are two apartments that were very heavily involved with the floor being damaged and compromised between the lower and upper apartments." says Coffey.
Fire fighters ran into a potentially huge problem when they arrived on scene. The fire hydrant directly in front of the apartment complex didn't work. "The initial crew that came in found a fire hydrant that was either out of service or was not functioning properly." explains Coffey. Luckily crews had water on board their trucks and were able to get the fire out in about 15 minutes. "They were able to initiate the fire attack but in order to sustain the attack they had to go through a few extra steps to get that water from the hydrant to the attack line." says Coffey.
The actual cause of the fire is still under investigation. One firefighter received minor injuries to his hand. He was treated and released.