Colorado Springs, CO – On August 26, 2018, at approximately 10:25 a.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 1518 Chutney Court. Fire companies arrived within 3½ minutes to find fire extending from a shed in the backyard to the single-family dwelling’s roof eaves on the second floor. Upon arrival, fire crews met the homeowner of the affected address confirming all people were out of the home. The fire entered the attic space of the home by flames from the burning, adjacent shed, and along with fire extinguishment of the shed, vertical ventilation hole was cut into the roof of the dwelling to allow heat and fire gasses to escape while water application accompanied the ventilation and search.
CSFD fire investigators responded to the scene, and after a thorough investigation, the investigators determined the fire to be accidental and attributed to an improperly vented active computer server storage in the shed. The overheating of the equipment allowed combustion of nearby materials and fire spread: The fire is the result of energized computer/server components stacked inside a storage shed, surrounded by concrete blocks, not able to dissipate heat adequately from operating 24 hours a day. Large power supply units take internal cooling fans placed inside environments that are supposed to regulate the temperature at a degree suitable for continuous operation (usually below 77 F degrees).
The CSFD want to remind our citizens always to use a certified electrician and/or Information Technology specialists who will be able to refer to installation and safety codes set forth by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 75-2009, Standard for the Protection of Information Technology Equipment.