Structure Fire: 4420 Wintergreen Cr, Colorado Springs

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Colorado Springs, CO – On August 4, 2018, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 4420 Wintergreen Circle. Fire companies arrived within 4 minutes to find 10-15’ flame lengths showing above the roofline of the wood-framed, single-story, single-family dwelling. The initial report from the first arriving officer stated that the fire was located in a detached shed in the backyard.  Bystanders were on scene trying to extinguish the blaze with garden hoses, but the fire was too advanced for garden hoses to affect the combustion process. A contractor working next door smelled smoke, investigated and confirmed the fire, tried to alarm the homeowners by knocking on the door, and then called for emergency services. There was slight exposure to the home which crews overcame with the extinguishment of the shed fire. 

CSFD fire crews on scene investigated cause and origin of the fire, and after a thorough investigation, crews determined the fire to be accidental and attributed to a grill/smoker that was moved into the shed before the coals were fully extinguished.  The hot coals were able to ignite adjacent combustibles which led to fire spread throughout the shed. There were no injuries reported to citizens or firefighters, and there were no displacements from the property.

The CSFD and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) want to remind our citizens of the following safety musts when using grills or smokers:

General grilling tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Charcoal grills

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing of in a metal container.
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