Colorado Springs, CO – On September 9, 2018, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 1134 Westmoreland Road, Crestmoor Apartments. Fire companies arrived in approximately 4 minutes from respond time and received reports en route that units from the Colorado Springs Police Department reported the fire and were on scene initiating evacuation of the structure. Upon arrival to the three-story, wood-framed center hallway apartment building, Engine 9 noted black smoke “wafting” from both the left and right side of the structure on the second floor with no clear fire location, initially.
Command directed a hoseline interior and, while the interior crews made their way to the apartment unit of origin, command directed the second engine to “knock down” the fire from the outside formally called a “transitional attack.” When interior crews arrived at the apartment of origin only small amounts of the fire remained on the floor and extinguishment was quickly accomplished. Crews used hydraulic ventilation to clear smoke out of the apartment and called fire under control.
Fire Investigators were called out to the scene, and after a thorough investigation, the findings confirmed an accidental fire due to a faulty charger and/or battery combination for RC and drone aircraft. No firefighters reported injury during this structure fire but, there were two patients treated and released on scene.