Homeowner, 2 pets killed in Security house fire

Published: May. 25, 2020 at 6:23 AM MDT
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One person and two pets are dead following a fire in a Security home overnight.

The fire reportedly got into the attic and spread rapidly to the rest of the house, ultimately destroying the home. A neighbor saw the fire and called 911. Crews reached the scene on Watson Boulevard near Venetucci Elementary School around 1 a.m. Monday.

"We had heavy smoke coming out of all of the eaves of the house," said Battalion Chief Derek Chambers with the Security Fire Department. "And then we had the fire breach the Charlie side of the roof when we were making attack. So I didn't send any crews inside because of the structure already being compromised. So it was pretty much an exterior attack on the fire."

It took firefighters two hours to extinguish the blaze. Afterward, while doing a search of the home, firefighters discovered the bodies of the homeowner and a dog and cat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Chambers would not address the death of the homeowner but tells 11 News the fire was extremely fast-moving.

"The fire breached through the Charlie side slope of the roof. And then ... it just traveled through the attic. And once it traveled through the attic, there is really no catching it from there. It’s just wide open space in the attic, so it’s just gonna go from there.”

Firefighters say the home did have working smoke alarms.

The man who died was identified by the El Paso County coroner as Eric O'Brien.

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