Firefighters manage to keep garage fire from spreading

Published: Feb. 3, 2018 at 7:46 AM MST
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Firefighters worked hard overnight to make sure a garage fire didn't spread to nearby homes in Colorado Springs.

Just before 12:45 a.m. Saturday, crews were called to 6255 Sopresa Lane, near Black Forest Road and East Woodmen Road. Despite the department taking eight minutes to arrive, about 20 firefighters were able to knock down the flames within 15 minutes and kept it from damaging the neighboring houses.

"Luckily, we don’t have any wind blowing or anything like that. A structure fire can be just like a grass fire," said Lt. Fred Varnell with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "The wind can push that fire around and it will involve adjacent structures."

The garage was burned to the ground. The heat from the fire also caused some vinyl siding to melt on the house, but there was no damage inside the residence. Firefighters say no one was injured, though one woman was treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Neighbors said they heard popping noises when the fire first started.

"I was really scared when it first happened because I was playing my games and had my headphones in," said Jesse Greathouse, who lives nearby. "So all I heard was a bunch of pops."

"Then I started hearing more pops, so I got on my slippers," Greathouse continued. "I was going to go to the bathroom, but then I saw an orange glow on my wall so I opened the blinds and I saw the fire. I was really scared. I was panicking like I didn’t know what to do. So I woke up my sister at first so she can call to check if they were OK and then I called the police."

Investigators are now working to determine the cause of the fire.