COLORADO SPRINGS — Fire crews responded to a two alarm fire at an apartment complex on the northeast side of Colorado Springs Tuesday afternoon. The fire destroyed eight apartment units, but no injuries were reported.
The blaze started sometime before 5 p.m. at the Ridgeview Apartments, located at 3475 Knoll Ln. This is just west of Academy Blvd. and N. Carefree Circle.
Crews were able to knock the fire down not long after arriving, but eight units were burned and are now unlivable, according to fire officials on scene. "For fire crews to arrive and have that large a body of fire, it did move pretty quickly," said Fire Captain Brian Vaughan of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Officials told a News 5 crew that 10 people have been displaced but no one was hurt in the blaze. Two cats were killed in the fire.
At this time, a cause has not been determined.
News 5 spoke with a neighbor who saw the fire happen, and she said it makes her think about the potential consequences of living in something like an apartment complex. "Thinking of the vulnerability of the people and pets in the building and just how fast it was burning, it was just getting worse and worse, it just escalated really quick," said Tracy Gatson*, who lives in the same complex.
CSFD said they will release an update, but are not sure when. News 5 will keep you updated with the latest information when we get it.
*The story aired with a misspelling in Gatson.