Crews respond to garage fire in northeast Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Two people were able to get out safely after a fire started in their garage Saturday night.

"They made it to the next door neighbor and called [the fire] in," said Lt. Fred Varnell with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived at 2605 Maroon Bells Ave. just before 8 Saturday night, where they found the garage engulfed in flames. Varnell said crews got there within four minutes of the 911 call.

"Went ahead and established a water supply and made an offensive attack on the garage to put the fire out," Varnell said, describing the fire attack to 11 News.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the garage.

"It looks like the garage door between the house and the garage was shut, and that's what kept the fire from moving into the structure. So they were able to do a pretty quick hit on it, did knock it down -- took awhile though, it was a big fire, there were a lot of flames. They knocked it down before it could breach that door and get into the structure," Varnell said.

Some trailers parked in front of the house did cause firefighters some concern -- "we never know what's stored in trailers, they're kind of like storage units, you never know what people keep in those things," Varnell said -- but the homeowners reassured firefighters they were just home goods.

The other issue Saturday night: the cold.

"We're looking at a solid five minutes, so not a long time, but it is when you're spraying water with as cold as it's getting to be," Varnell told 11 News when asked how long it took to get the fire under control.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.