PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A house is a total loss after a fire spread through the structure early Wednesday morning.
Neighbors living by the affected house on the 900 block of Box Elder Street said they heard a loud boom around 6:30 a.m.
"I heard the explosion," Karin Tubbs said. "I live two doors down. I heard the explosion, looked out my window and I saw all the smoke."
Tubbs said she ran to the house to check on the occupants and make sure their two dogs got out.
"Flames were coming out the back and out the top ... it was pretty smoky."
Capt. Damian Pritts with the Pueblo Fire Department said layers of roofing and a pile of trash in the back of the house dramatically slowed their progress.
"It started in the back, got up into the eaves, kind of. There is a lot of trash in the area that hampered us from getting where we needed to get to. It had three different layers of roofing on that hindered us getting to the seed of it and it kept going.
"And that's why it has taken us this long just to get some of the roofing peeled back and get into those layers of roofing and get it totally extinguished."
The home was destroyed. Pritts said the family did not have homeowner's insurance.
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.