Structure Fire at 4350 E. Pikes Peak
Monday, February 24, 2014
Colorado Springs, CO – On February 20, 2014 at 4:49 p.m., Colorado Springs firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Courtyard Estates apartment complex, 4350 East Pikes Peak. The first CSFD engine arrived within four minutes to find smoke coming from a second story unit. Firefighters began an aggressive fire attack to the second floor and apartment in which the fire originated. The fire was under control at 5:34 p.m.
CSFD responded to this three alarm fire call with fourteen apparatus including four fire engines, two fire trucks, and support personnel. Approximately 55 firefighters and support personnel were on scene.
Only one civilian injury was treated on scene, a minor burn to the finger. Two apartments were damaged by fire, five units received smoke and water damage. Approximately 100 occupants were displaced from the complex.
Because of the aggressive firefighting efforts of the CSFD, it is estimated that $2,766,000 of property/content was saved, limiting the overall loss to $540,000 in property/content.
The Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Utilities, American Medical Response and the Red Cross provided assistance. The CSFD also received mutual aid assistance from Cimarron Hills and Fort Carson Fire departments.
The fire originated as a grease fire on the kitchen stove and was determined to be accidental.
The CSFD would like to remind the community not to leave food unattended while cooking. It only takes a few minutes for unattended food to burn and start a fire.