COLORADO SPRINGS — Two people were evaluated for possible injuries after an early morning apartment fire that the Colorado Springs Fire Department says may have started on the porch.
The department responded around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday to a "heavy fire" at 1168 Mazatlan Circle, a 4-plex building, where firefighters made their rescues from the balconies. They had the fire under control about 20 minutes later.
Two adults were trapped inside the apartment after the stairs caught on fire. Fire crews used a ladder to get the two people out of the unit and they were evaluated for smoke inhalation. Both are cleared and uninjured.
Just spoke to Lt. Don Watkins with #ColoradoSpringsFireDept about a fire inside a 4plex on Springs’s south side. He confirmed:— Jessica Barreto (@BarretoReports) February 12, 2020
- firefighters got a call at 3:45 am
- fire seems to have started outside
- stairs caught on fire, trapping 2 adults inside one of the units
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"It's just the culture of the Colorado Springs Fire Department to get out there and train so when these real events happen, we have to be doing a good job every time," Lt. Don Watkins said on the firefighters quick thinking.
Photo and video from CSFD showed smoke coming from the top half of the building as well as black, burned exterior walls. The fire did not spread to surrounding units.
The American Red Cross is working with the two displaced adults. CSFD said the fire is still under investigation.