Crews battle house fire east of Colorado Springs Monday night

Cimarron Hills house fire 9/21/20.
Cimarron Hills house fire 9/21/20.(KKTV)
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 9:29 PM MDT
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A family including pets escaped a burning home Monday in Cimarron Hills Monday night.

Firefighters responded to a home in the 6500 block of Bismark Road around 9 p.m. The neighborhood is just north of Constitution Avenue between Powers Boulevard and Peterson Road.

“When our units got on scene, within I think two minutes they got on scene, within those two minutes they did report smoke and fire coming from the front of the house. We did have reports that all occupants made it out, so everybody was evacuated,” said Cimarron Hills Fire Chief Andrew York.

An 11 News crew on scene witnessed firefighters battling back flames on the roof.

“It did get into the roofline, but we have no significant fire damage to the inside of the house so most of it was to the exterior. Some into the roofline because we did have to cut holes in the roof to make sure everything was OK and not extended into the attic,” York said.

All human occupants escaped, and firefighters believe the family’s cats did too.

“We did have a report of three cats. We believe all of them have made it out. Upon our search we’ve found no cats. We did have one inside but came out. No injuries to the cats and no injuries to the family," York said.

What started the fire is now under investigation.

“It looks like it started from the outside, but we are not sure of the cause. It’s still under investigation, we’re still trying to figure that out.”

York said most of the damage to the home was from smoke or the firefight.

"Some smoke damage, little bit of water damage from our efforts, but no significant fire damage.”

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