Office Building Fire Under Control

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Firefighters say they have gotten a fire at an office building in Colorado Springs under control.

The fire started at 3:26 a.m. on the 1400 block of Potter Drive, near Palmer Park Boulevard. It's unknown at this time what company or companies are in this building. No one was inside at the time the fire broke out.

When crews arrived on scene, firefighters noted that they could see flames coming out of the second floor. The Colorado Springs Fire Department tweeted 10 minutes later that the second floor was fully engulfed. Firefighters tell 11 News the fire was heavy enough at that point that they couldn't make an interior attack.

"In this particular situation, the fire was heavy enough that we had to attack it from the outside, and that makes it very difficult to get up into the upper reaches of the ceiling and attic area," a CSFD fire lieutenant said.

Smoke at the scene was so heavy that firefighters were forced to wear oxygen masks while battling the fire outside the structure. Residents living in the area were advised to stay inside with their doors and windows shut to avoid breathing in the smoke. The office building is just feet away from a neighboring apartment complex.

Firefighters say that there are still a number of hot spots at the scene. One firefighter tells 11 News that "under control" does not mean that the fire is out, but that it is "knocked down enough to where we don't have to call in any additional resources."

Our crew remains on scene gathering more information.

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