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Family with young children displaced after house fire on Slickrock Drive Tuesday

Posted at 12:29 PM, Sep 19, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) crews are working to figure out what started a three-story house fire on the northeast side of the city around noon on Tuesday.

The fire on Slickrock Drive just southwest of Dublin Blvd and Powers Blvd could be seen for miles because of the large plumes of smoke. CSFD said the home is a total loss and the family of four living there is now displaced. The fire department said one neighbor sustained minor injuries as he was attempting to curb the spread of the fire with a garden hose.

The plumes of smoke caused panic as several neighbors called 911.

"I heard my mom yelling from the driveway and I rushed outside and I saw the flames. I mean, you could feel the heat from my driveway," said Dylan Metts who lives in the neighborhood.

"There were a lot of fire trucks on the scene. I was thinking about the family that this affected and how tragic it is that they lost their home and it just breaks my heart," said neighbor Karen Fitzpatrick.

CSFD said 44 firefighters responded to the scene with the first engine arriving within six minutes. Many neighbors said they were thankful for the quick response from firefighters that helped fight the flames from spreading to other homes nearby.

"The firefighters did an amazing job. They got here real quick, so thank God for them," said neighbor Tami Metts.

CSFD said The American Red Cross of Southern Colorado is helping the family get back on their feet. Investigators are still working to figure out what caused the fire.
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