Firefighters now believe a space heater caused an explosion in a Springs garage that injured two men and a child Sunday.
The 2 1/2-year-old boy and his father are both in critical condition in Denver hospitals.
Firefighters say that one of the men, who is a mechanic, was using a propane space heater Sunday as he worked on a vehicle in his garage. With his garage door down and an open flame in the garage due to the type of space hearer he was using, when the man took the fuel tank out of his vehicle it made for a lethal combination.
"When those fumes hit that heat source, those fumes become flammable and it'll cause it to flash...in some cases it'll flash and go out, in this case there was enough fuel to sustain the fire and cause a structure fire," Lt. Kenny Bradley with the Colorado Springs Fire Department told 11 News.
The explosion could be heard throughout the neighborhood near Circle and Pikes Peak. Residents living near the home on the 3000 block of Greenwood Circle also reported seeing a bright orange flame.
The fire destroyed the garage and attic at the home.
Along with the mechanic and his toddler son, a second man was in the garage at the time. The injuries he sustained were less serious, and he is recovering a local hospital.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.