Colorado Springs, CO – On March 25, 2018, at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 2761 Hearthwood Ln. Fire companies arrived within five minutes to a two-story, wood-framed, five-plex residence with significant smoke and fire showing from the exterior balcony with auto exposure to the attic space and roof. Firefighters from Truck 10 affected a rescue of the homeowner at 2761 Hearthwood Lane via ground ladder while all other residents in adjacent units were able to self-rescue. The roommate in the affected unit was not home at the time of the fire while firefighters rescued one dog and recovered one cat. Due to potential life rescues, the fire required two alarms to extinguish the blaze as first alarm companies focused on life-safety. Approximately 40 firefighters fought the fire while no injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported. The affected dwelling had functioning smoke alarms and were reported as sounding upon arrival.
CSFD fire investigators were called out to the scene, and after a thorough investigation, the fire has been classified as accidental due to careless smoking. There was no collapse of the roof system, but substantial charring was noted, and there were multiple failed members of joist system due to a free burning state prior to water application.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) want to remind all of our citizens of the following information regarding smoking safety:
- If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes
- If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, and dens or bedrooms
- Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet
- Put It Out: Use a deep, sturdy ashtray and place it away from anything that can burn. An ashtray with a locking lid is recommended if the ashtray remains exterior
- Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily
- Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that
- For more information, please follow this link from the NFPA