Colorado Springs, CO – On October 14, 2018, at approximately 8:45 a.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 5521 N. Buckskin Pass Drive. Fire companies arrived in approximately 3 minutes to find light smoke showing from the backside of the home and found active fire the deck level with smoke entering the eaves and attic space of the tri-level, wood-framed, single-family dwelling. Fire crews extinguished the fire on the deck while interior crews checked for extension and ventilated the structure. There were no displacements, injuries to occupants, or firefighters.
All occupants and pets were out of the house upon arrival of CSFD companies, and the occupants stated that they were smoking on the deck the night before. The fire investigators were consulted via telephone by the Incident Commander regarding the fire scene, and the determining factor for the fire cause was accidental due to careless smoking by the occupants.
The CSFD and the NFPA want to remind all citizens that careless smoking caused an estimated 17,400 home structure fires in 2014 which caused 570 deaths. Please follow and share the link below as a reminder of how to keep your family, home and its contents safe if you are a smoker.