People, pets safe after large house fire

Published: Jul. 20, 2016 at 11:53 AM MDT
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Four people and 10 pets are all safe after a fire ripped through an east Colorado Springs home late Wednesday morning.

"I was sleeping and I woke up to a fire alarm. By the time I woke up, the entire garage was in flames," said resident Corban Haymond.

Haymond cradled one of his ferrets as he spoke with 11 News.

"People rushed in and picked them up and carried them out," Haymond said of Aurelia, one of two ferrets living in the house.

"We had to. The ferrets are like our babies."

Along with two ferrets, five sugar gliders and three rabbits also got out.

The fire started just before 10 a.m. on Teepost Lane, near Marksheffel and Constitution. When firefighters arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames.

Haymond was one of four people home at the time. Two other occupants were out when the fire started. None of the four were injured.

"Big flames," Haymond said of the fire. "I don't know how to explain it, just fire. It was really freaky. All of our stuff was in there."

Haymond had only moved in two days before.

"I was starting to settle down here and the house went up in flames."

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and firefighters are investigating where it started. The Falcon Fire Department put out the fire with help from Cimarron Hills, Colorado Springs, and Peterson Air Force Base.