Family Loses Almost Everything In Fire

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

A father and three children have lost almost everything they own in a house fire Monday morning.

The Pueblo Fire Department says that the house, located on the 1000 block of Cedar Street on Pueblo's south side, is expected to be a total loss.

Fifteen firefighters just after 7 a.m. responded to the fire, which the fire department called "devastating." The fire had spread to 40 percent of the home when the first crews arrived on scene. The family living in the home did not have renter's insurance, and lost most of their possessions.

The 1,000-foot home was valued at approximately $37,000.

"Initial reports indicate that the man was able to evacuate the children to safety, and then returned into the structure to retrieve items and attempt to stop the fire spread," Assistant Chief Joe Sena said. "Although this may have seemed prudent at the time, it goes against our efforts in educating the public to never re-enter a burning structure...under any circumstance. Nationally, more people are injured or killed re-entering a structure than our saved. Hence our mantra: 'get out and stay out.'"

The fire department said the man's efforts to douse the flames himself may have actually caused the fire to spread.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the fire department believes it started accidentally in one of the children's bedrooms.

The father and an adult woman were taken to the hospital for evaluation after the fire.


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  • by Renee Location: Pueblo on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:38 PM
    @Joe...Please make sure you are 100% completly aware of all facts before you decisde to spread lies, rumors and malice false statements...I beleive this is called slander.....besides MY FAMILY doesn't drink CORONAS...have some compassion people could of lost lives...KARMA!!!
  • by Renee Location: Pueblo on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:38 PM
    @Joe...Please make sure you are 100% completly aware of all facts before you decisde to spread lies, rumors and malice false statements...I beleive this is called slander.....besides MY FAMILY doesn't drink CORONAS...have some compassion people could of lost lives...KARMA!!!
  • by Joe on Aug 22, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    South side of Pueblo - didn't mention his whole collection of empty Corona Bottles was lost in the blaze.
  • by oy vey Location: colorado springs on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    Please, please, proofreaders, learn the difference between our and are. "than our saved???" It's "than ARE saved." Secondly, you mention they have no renters insurance twice. Too many times you misspell, repeat, or get names or other important information COMPLETELY wrong. C'mon, are you a professional or not?? For the father with his family, I'm sorry - you'll have a long road ahead of you. Hopefully, with the generosity of others, you can replace some of your belongings. Nothing, however, is more important than the lives and safety of you and your family. Glad you all made it out ok.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    Glad the family's okay. Let's not forget the poor homeowner who also lost their house.
  • by Another FD Guy on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    You did good dad, you got your family out safe , .nothing eles matters.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    How sad for this family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
  • by Kim Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    That has to be so tough. Times like this makes me glad I am insurance poor.
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