Early Morning Blaze Displaces Apartment Residents

By: James H Egbert Email
By: James H Egbert Email

Flames could be seen from 3 miles away as frantic calls poured into the 911 call center reporting a fire at the Cobblestone Ridge Apartments on the city's South side early this morning.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning Colorado Springs Fire Crews responded to a multiple alarm fire burning on the upper floors of the two story apartment complex located at 4150 Pebble Ridge Circle.

When the first crews arrived they found the apartment complex engulfed in flames. Firefighters had much of the fire knocked down within minutes.

Neighbors rushed to wake others to get them to evacuate the complex. Police report everyone made it out safely. During a search, firefighters found a dog in one apartment alive and unharmed.

Crews cared for the dog until the Humane Society could take it to the shelter until the owner could claim it.

At least 8 families from the building housing 16 units were not able to return to their homes as of 5 a.m. Saturday morning due to fire, smoke and water damages. Residents from the other buildings in the complex have been allowed back into their apartments.

The Pikes Peak Chapter of the Red Cross is helping the families who've been displaced by the fire.

Fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire and assess total damages.

No injuries were reported.


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  • by Heather Location: cheyenne crest on Nov 9, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Im, glad to hear that everyone got out ok, screaming woke me up at 2 that morning and i walked out to see the building burning rite accross the parking lot, I've never seen anything like it. I hope everything works out for the displaced.
  • by Timi Location: cobblestoneridge on Nov 8, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    i lived in the apartment that caught fire first, can't say what started the fire. thanks to my neighbor and a passer-by who awoke me and my husband by banging on my door. my mother's neighbor in broomfield is doing a reverse garage sale and collecting donations for all units in building 4150 (they condemned the building; my apartment and one neighbor's were gutted). If you'd like to donate J (or anyone!), you can give her a call at (303)995-3284 (jan guyer).
  • by j Location: cs on Nov 7, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    thanks bob.. i will look into it.. i know when the castlewest apartment fire happend a few church took dontaions.. thankfully not as many as that got displaced.. but still would like to help if i could..
  • by Bob Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 7, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    j, the fire department usually takes donations for fire victims, as well as other accidents. Just tell them where you want it to go. They took donations for a nephew of mine last year when he was mauled by a pit bull and saw to it his mom got them. Anonymous, of course they're not overpaid. JUST ME, we need our firefighters and police, that's true. And there's plenty of funding to keep them all employed. Don't buy into the scare tactics or tantrums the city will throw.
  • by JUST ME on Nov 7, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    Hopefully people wake up and realize they messed up by denying the funding. We NEED our fire fighters as much as we NEED our police!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Now do the fire fighters seem over paid
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    Incredible pictures of the fire. Glad the dog is ok!
  • by j Location: cs on Nov 7, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    i lived in these apartments a few years ago.. not sure what caused the fire.. be intreasted to find out.. but. they were umm.. pretty shabby?? as in the heaters were pretty old.. my unit the heater was jammed in a little closet with no vents. depending on the unit they had there own little laundry room.. and the dryer vents were never cleaned out. i was always worried that would cause a fire.. sorry for the familys that were displaced im sure some of them were military since this place is so close to carson.. is there anywhere we can drop of donations??
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