Early morning apartment fire under investigation

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Several tenants and pets were forced out into the cold after a fire broke out in an apartment early Monday morning.

Smoke could be seen billowing out of a third-story window as firefighters reached the complex on Willow Tree Grove around 4:10 a.m.

"Two individuals said there was possibly an individual in the apartment. So they made a quick attack; immediately, obviously. Did a quick primary search, didn’t find anyone," said Lt. Kevin Ducy with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Ducy said the fire was only smoldering when crews arrived and was quickly extinguished. It was contained to the single unit, though Ducy said some of the units below may have sustained a minor amount of water damage.

"I don’t think it’s going to be too extensive. They’ll probably get back into their apartment this evening," Ducy said of those residents.

Ducy believes a neighbor was the one who sounded the alarm. The occupant of the apartment where the fire started has not been located and may not have been home.

While firefighters worked, ousted residents huddled outside in blankets or sat in their cars, trying to stay warm as the temperature hovered below freezing.

"Especially in apartment complexes, there’s many people here that are affected by a fire in an apartment, so the sooner we can get notified or somebody will know to get notified, we can get here and you can get out of the residence," Ducy said.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.