Colorado Springs, CO – On October 19, 2018, at approximately 8:00 pm., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 1070 S. Chelton Road. Fire companies arrived in approximately 3 minutes to find light smoke, which was consistent with the smell of food on the stove, showing from the 3rd level of the 3-story, wood -framed, center hallway apartment building. Fire crews accessed the 3rd-floor hallway and found moderate smoke with low heat which triggered the declaration of a working structure fire. Fire crews made access to apartment #7301 to locate a small amount of active fire on the stove-top. A water-filled fire extinguisher carried on the apparatus extinguished the fire without issue. The search of the apartment revealed no human occupants in the structure. However, one dog was found unharmed in the bathroom and has been reunited with its owners. There were no injuries to firefighters or citizens reported, and there have been no displacements.
Fire investigators responded to the scene, and after a thorough investigation, this fire has been ruled accidental. The maintenance staff at the Cedar Creek Club Apartments confirmed there had been ongoing stove-top maintenance in this unit and the renters were still under the impression that the stove was non-functioning. Renters placed a bag of dog food on the stove top which subsequently became fuel for the heat source.
The CSFD and the NFPA want to remind all citizens that kitchen fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from your stovetop. Never use the stovetop as a workspace or storage space. Follow this link from NFPA.org for more information on kitchen safety: