COLORADO SPRINGS – Fire crews are working to determine what caused a fire at an apartment complex at 3030 E. Fountain Blvd. Smoke was seen pouring from the third floor Thursday evening. The blaze was contained to just one unit and no one was home when the flames broke out.
“I’ve never been through it. It was kind of freaking me out,” said Venus, a resident of the complex. She had just gotten home on Thursday night when she heard her son pounding on the door to tell her there was smoke down the hall.
“I saw a lot of it.”
Her entire building was evacuated and residents had only seconds to get out.
Venus said, “Literally, not even 10 seconds. I grabbed whatever I could.”
CSFD Lt. Don Watkins, says firefighters are well trained to deal with these types of fires and the fire was put out quickly.
“We’re going to monitor air quality, make sure that there’s no hazardous air conditions before we release anybody back in and we want to keep it cleared out until our investigators can get in there and see if they can find cause and origin…as soon as we can we’ll start releasing the floors that weren’t affected and then hopefully get our investigators out of there and folks back on the third floor.”
In the midst of a scary situation, Venus said, “We have great managers. We have great people, great neighbors.”
CSFD said people will be able to get back in Thursday night except for those living in the unit where it appears the fire began. Two adults and one child live there.
A situation like this is a good reminder for all of us to make sure our smoke alarms work as they can help save lives.
Luckily, no one was injured in the fire. Fire crews are expected to be on the scene for quite some time yet and you may want to avoid the area.
— Jessica Barreto (@BarretoReports) April 5, 2019