Flames tore through a local apartment building on Thursday evening.
Investigators have confirmed a resident left food on the stove and it burned out of control.
The fire broke out just before 5 p.m. at the Courtyard Estates on East Pikes Peak near Murray in Colorado Springs.
The fire marshal says residents in eight to 10 apartments are displaced.
Melissa Peebles was watching TV when her next door neighbor started frantically knocking on her door.
“She said, 'I've got a fire in my kitchen, I don't know what to do. I fell asleep with grease on the stove,'” Peebles explained.
Peebles called 911 and ran out to alert other neighbors as thick smoke poured out of a second story apartment and filled the hallway.
“I just saw the flames coming out and it scared me. I started crying,” Paola Banfi said.
Fire crews battled the blaze and soon got the fire out. Peebles only had time to grab her dog. She soon learned she has no apartment to go home to.
“You don't realize how important life is until you see everything that fire can do, and everything it can take from you."
One person was treated for minor injuries. The fire was under control shortly after 5:30 p.m.