Colorado Springs, CO – On September 29, 2018, at approximately 9:13 p.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 836 Kingsley Drive. Upon arrival, fire crews on scene described the structure as a wood-framed, single-story, single-family dwelling that had an “orange glow” in the backyard. The first arriving company officer investigated the backyard and found an outside fire from the ground level with flames encroaching to the eaves of the home. The fire was quickly extinguished on the exterior of the house while interior crews reported only light smoke in the immediate vicinity and no active fire in the structure, including the attic space. There were no injuries reported to citizens or firefighters, and there were no displacements from the property.
CSFD Fire Investigators responded to the scene, and after a thorough investigation, it was determined the fire to be accidental and attributed to a warm/hot coals improperly discarded into a plastic trash bag and stored adjacent to combustibles.
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
- 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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