COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Firefighters say the cause of a two-alarm fire that started Sunday night at the Broadmoor Park Tower Apartment Homes is undetermined, but they were able to track its origin back to a bedroom on the fifth floor.
Police say they received multiple calls just before 5 p.m. reporting smoke and fire on the fifth floor of the apartment complex located at 929 Arcturus Drive.
According to officials, additional support resources and a second alarm were dispatched prior to the arrival of the first company due to the high volume of calls and location of the fire.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department said the first crew was on scene within 6 minutes.
“There were so many fire trucks it was amazing, the response time was amazing,” said Carrie Steel, who lives at the apartment complex.
Steel was on her way home when she saw the flames. Her 16-year-old daughter and her friend were inside and called her in a panic.
“They’re like mom ‘we can’t breathe, we can’t breathe’ and I said just go low and get out of there. Get the dog, get the kitty and get out of there,” said Steel.
So that’s what they did, but the scared kitten broke free and ran back into the apartment.
“We had only had him two days and he was amazing,” said Steel. “He didn’t make it, the smoke was too thick,” she said holding back tears.
Officials say four residents from the upper two floors were rescued along with several other pets.
The resident of the apartment where the fire originated was not home at the time. That apartment suffered “extensive fire damage,” according to officials.
Smoke damage was also heavy throughout the entire fifth floor.
Steel has not been allowed back into her apartment yet to see the damage but she said she was warned it is likely a total loss, still she said she is thankful for how everything turned out.
“If my daughter Trinity would have decided to go back in after the cat, it could have been bad” said Steel. “A lot of things could have happened and I just feel like everything went perfectly.”
Residents on the fifth and sixth floors were displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting.
Two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. One firefighter sustained a non-life threatening injury. There were no lives lost.
Officials say fire crews were able to save $4,361,748 worth of structure and contents totaling $212,306.