Colorado Springs, CO – On September 17, 2018, at approximately 1:45 a.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 606 Glen Eryie Circle. Fire companies arrived within 4 minutes to find smoke and flames showing from a bedroom window of a single-story, wood-framed, single-family dwelling with a walkout basement that was converted into a secondary living space. A working structure fire was declared by the first arriving company officer and directed crews to perform an offensive fire attack via the front door. The fire was extinguished without issue, and several of the working fire compliment was canceled.
CSFD fire investigators were dispatched to the scene, and after a thorough investigation, the fire is deemed accidental due to a faulty charger for an RC/Drone battery. The charger was recently repaired but overheating, and adjacency to combustibles caused fire start and spread.
The CSFD and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) want to remind our citizens of the following safety musts when using large energy storage or batteries:
· These batteries store a large amount of energy in a small amount of space
· Sometimes batteries are not used the right way; batteries not designed for specific use can be dangerous
· Like any product, a small number of these batteries are defective. They can overheat, catch fire, or explode
· Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory
· Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
· Only use the battery that is designed for the device
· Put batteries in the device the right way
· Only use the charging cord that came with the device
· Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed or a couch.
· Keep batteries at room temperature
· Do not place batteries in direct sunlight or keep them in hot vehicles
· Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire