Fire Fighters Salvage Items from Castle West Apartments

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email
To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

Nearly 3 months after fire ripped through the Castle West Apartments, fire fighters were finally allowed inside the building, to salvage some of what was left. Crews collected several items including birth certificates, photographs, jewelry and paperwork. The salvaged belongings were boxed up and left inside the apartment building for a private contractor to begin decontaminating next week. The items should be returned to their owners later this month.

Fire fighters sifted through 36 apartments, including the one Shandi Moses used to live in. Moses was among dozens of displaced residents who submitted their names and a list of items for fire fighters to look for.

"My goal is to get back my pictures," said Moses. "My dad died 24 years ago, so my pictures mean a lot."

Crews only sifted through the rubble in apartments safe enough to enter, and only for things that could be decontaminated. Fire officials say items such as electronics, clothing and stuffed animals are not salvageable.

Fire fighters will continue searching apartments Monday through Wednesday. Castle West Fire victims who would like to have fire fighters look through their apartment, can submit a request by calling 385-5950.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 6822967 -
Gray Television, Inc.