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Apartment fire leads to multiple rescues in northeast Colorado Springs

Firefighters respond to afternoon fire at Montebello Gardens Apartment complex in northeast...
Firefighters respond to afternoon fire at Montebello Gardens Apartment complex in northeast Colorado Springs(KKTV)
Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 4:06 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2021 at 6:46 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Four people were rescued from an apartment fire after thick smoke filled the building hallways, trapping the tenants in their homes.

“A wall of black smoke just overwhelmed me and came into my apartment,” one of the four told 11 News. “I quickly doused a towel in my kitchen sink that I saw lying nearby, wrapped it around my head, and stood out here on the balcony.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department says firefighters were dispatched to the Montebello Gardens Apartments near Academy and Austin Bluffs just before 3:30 Sunday afternoon.

“The first company had a three-minute response time to the fire,” an official on scene told 11 News. “We received multiple calls, people trapped inside of the building.”

The fire started in one of the units, creating dense, choking smoke that poured into other parts of the building. The woman inside the original apartment was able to get out, but the smoke quickly cut off access to the stairwells for other residents.

Todd Frary, whose escape was captured in the above CSFD video, said he was on the phone with a friend when smoke started pouring into his home.

“I did open my front door to see if there were immediately flames outside and if I could make an escape, and that was not the case.”

Four people including a child were hospitalized for injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to burns.

Firefighters had the blaze extinguished by 4 p.m. but remained on scene hours longer looking for any hidden fire and hot spots.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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