Space Heater Causes Mobile Home Fire

A mobile home was badly damaged after a space heater was left unattended.

The fire broke out just after 3pm Monday at the Shangri-La Mobile Home Park. That’s off of Cascade Avenue near Fillmore and I-25 in Colorado Springs.

The homeowner tells 11 News he left the space heater running while he was at work. When he came home he opened the front door and smoke started to pour out. Fire crews responded quickly and we able to get the flames out within minutes.

"The floor heater burnt through the carpet and into the wood flooring of the trailer," homeowner, Dennis Tapia explained.

The fire department wants to warn everyone to keep heaters at least three feet from anything flammable, like curtains and bedding.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates more than 300 people die each year because of fires associated with space heaters.