Garage Erupts In Flames

Credit: Olga Cadena

A thick black plume of smoke was visible on the southwest side of Colorado Springs Thursday as firefighters battled flames in a garage.

Two people were inside the garage when the fire started, and were able to make it out safely. But the garage itself was ravaged by the flames; charred remains were all that was left after firefighters got the fire extinguished.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. at a home on 1302 Richards Ave., near Lake and Cheyenne Road. More than two dozen firefighters responded to the scene. Officials tell 11 News the pair inside the garage were doing some work, and accidentally sparked the fire. Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what caused it.

The fire spread to the back of the house, but firefighters were able to get the flames out quickly and save the home. The back of the house did sustain some damage.

While firefighters battled the blaze, some neighbors reported hearing the sound of live ammunition going off in the garage, while others said even blocks away they could feel the heat from the fire.

"Well, I was standing there at the corner, all you could hear is 'pop, boom, boom,'" one woman told 11 News.

"We were standing back here a block away; you could just feel the heat just bellowing out of was so intense," another neighbor said.

One person did suffer minor injuries in the fire.