Colorado Springs, CO – On August 21, 2018, at approximately 8:20 a.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 7260 Amberly Drive. Fire companies arrived within 4 minutes to find light grey smoke showing from the garage door of a single-story (with basement), wood-framed structure. Initial reports suggested at least one victim in the basement which drove command to order a second alarm, but the information proved false as the primary search revealed no persons in the home. Firefighters noted the main body of fire was in the garage and was quickly extinguishedghhzdg0062. When the homeowner arrived back to the home from delivering his child to school, he confirmed the search findings that no one was in the home. The owner and two children are displaced from the home as the main electrical panel was damaged in the fire.
CSFD fire investigators responded to the scene, and after a thorough investigation, the investigators determined the fire to be accidental and attributed to an unattended candle that was burning in the garage. The garage space was cluttered which also contributed to fire ignition and fire spread.
The CSFD and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) want to remind our citizens of the following safety musts when using candles inside the home:
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep
- Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn. If you do burn candles, make sure that you...
- Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface
- Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
- Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container
- Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
- Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles
For more follow this link from NFPA: