Early Morning Fire Forces Evacuations

Loud banging woke up the occupants of a home near downtown Colorado Springs.

It was a neighbor, alerting them to a fire in the garage behind their home.

The residents in that home and one other on the 900 block of South Cascade quickly evacuated.

Firefighters arrived at the scene just after 3 a.m. Smoke was drifting out of the detached garage.

Neighbor Ben Bankford, who lives across the street, pulled up to the hectic scene just after firefighters arrived.

"I was pulling up over there on Tejon. And I saw all the flashing lights and fire engines and I immediately thought that my house had burned down.

"I was terrified, not so much for my house, but for my dog inside. That's what frightened me the most."

Bankford said once he realized it wasn't his home, his thoughts turned to his neighbors.

"Thankfully it was only a garage fire and that no one was injured," he said.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 4 a.m. They were able to keep the flames contained to the garage.

Fountain Boulevard was closed between Cascade Avenue and Tejon for most for morning. Roads are now back open.

Investigators are now trying to figure out what started the fire.