3 Displaced After Early Morning Duplex Fire

Credit: Pueblo Fire Department

Three people have been displaced after a fire started in a Pueblo duplex early Saturday morning.

A neighbor called the Pueblo Fire Department at 4:45 a.m. after seeing flames coming from the back of the building, located on the 1600 block of W. 20th St. One official said that when firefighters got on scene, there were 6 to 7 foot flames shooting out of the roof.

All residents were able to get out safely. The fire department says two of the residents had to escape through a bedroom window.

It took firefighters less than 30 minutes to extinguish the fire, then another half hour to check the structure to ensure there were no remaining hot spots. The scene was cleared before 7 a.m., though an investigator is expected to come out sometime Saturday morning to determine a cause. At this time, officials do not believe the fire was started intentionally.

The fire is believed to have started in the back unit, and that unit did sustain fire damage. Flames spread into the attic and caused smoke damage to the front unit, so residents of both units have been displaced. The severity of damage to either unit is unknown at this time.

We are remaining in touch with the Pueblo Fire Department, and will update this story with any new information we learn throughout the day.