House fire under investigation in Security-Widefield

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SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. (KKTV) - An investigation is underway after a fire ignited in a home in the Security-Widefield area early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the home on Main Street not far from Widefield High School around 1:30 a.m.

"There were clearly flames visible from both inside and outside the home. There was a large plume of smoke. It was definitely concerning to the residents nearby," said Sgt. Cliff Porter with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Everyone inside the home made it out safely, and Porter said firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to surrounding homes.

Jessica Peoples lives in the house next door with her two young girls and a baby. She tells 11 News the flames were taller than the trees and they were told to evacuate.

"Thank god for our neighbors they took us in, let us stay the night over there," she said.

The Sheriff's Office says fire crews acted fast and were able to put out the fire quickly. It's unclear how the fire started, but Porter confirmed arson investigators would be examining the scene.

Spokesperson Jacqueline Kirby with the sheriff's office told 11 News investigators were beginning to lean towards the fire being an accident, but until the investigation is completed it is still technically a criminal case.

Peoples' house is almost touching her neighbors house and she says the fence that divides the yards is completely burned down. She tells 11 News she's glad everyone is okay.

"It was very intense, very scary. Not enough time to get all of our stuff together you just have all the thoughts running through your head, 'what if we lose our house? What if we lose everything we own?'"

Peoples went on to say it's "heartbreaking" to look at her neighbor who's home is now destroyed.

Two men and a woman have been displaced.