Colorado Springs, CO – On October 8, 2018, at approximately 5:35 a.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 901 E. Cimarron Street. Fire companies arrived in approximately 4 minutes to find light smoke showing streetside from the eaves and attic space of the wood-framed, single-story, single-family dwelling. All occupants were out of the home and positioned in their vehicle outside of the structure upon arrival of CSFD crews. An offensive fire attack was declared, and fire companies extinguished the attic fire within minutes after arrival.
CSFD Fire Investigators arrived at the scene, and after a thorough investigation, the fire has been ruled accidental due to an electrical failure. This home, constructed in 1909, still possesses the original electrical system, known as knob and tube wiring. There is an absolute risk associated with knob and tube wiring inside the attics of older homes. Contact with insulation can cause the wiring to overheat and catch fire. ... As of 2008, the National Electric Code prohibits knob-and-tube wiring in “hollow spaces of walls, ceilings, and attics where such spaces are insulated by loose, rolled or foamed-in-place insulating material that envelops the conductors.” (2008 NEC)
The CSFD encourages all homeowners of homes constructed near the turn of the 20th century to schedule a certified electrician to inspect your home wiring system. This inspection will not only offer a chance to reconfigure outdated electrical systems and peace of mind but will also provide a safer living environment.