35 residents displaced after fire at Springs apartment building

Published: Apr. 28, 2020 at 7:47 AM MDT
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Thirty-five people are out of their homes for at least a couple weeks following a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex Tuesday morning.

Colorado Springs firefighters were called to the Kittyhawk Apartments at 2914 N. Arcadia St. around 6:45 a.m. for what at first appeared to be a small fire.

"When they first got here, they saw a little bit of smoke that was in the laundry room, found a small fire that was in the laundry room," said Capt. Michael Smaldino with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "They knew it was kind of in the walls right there, and so basically, what they started doing was basically breaking away the walls, opening that up to try to find that hidden fire."

Firefighters located the fire and discovered it had spread to two apartments. A second alarm was called at 7:40 a.m. as firefighters continued to chase the fire through the building.

"They found fire ... in two different units here. So they were able to open up the walls and the ceiling on that and get that extinguished. But then, as you saw here just a few minutes ago, they knew there was still some hidden fire in the building, and when they opened that up and the fire came out, that’s what they were really searching for."

"... It was still producing smoke, so we knew that there was still fire somewhere in the building. It’s just a matter of honestly just kind of going unit by unit and wall by wall to figure out where it is."

The two affected units were damaged in the fire and the occupants will be displaced, Smaldino said.

"We’ve got smoke in the other ones, so we’re not sure exactly how many are going to be out yet," he said.

CSFD later confirmed the entire building would be unlivable for at least two to three weeks. The fire department and Red Cross are now working to find everyone a place to stay. The Red Cross assures residents they will all be taken care of.

The apartment has 26 units and 35 occupants.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.