UPDATE: Morning storage-facility fire appears to be accidental

By: ERIN PRATER
January 25, 2013
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A Friday morning fire at a storage facility damaged 10 to 15 RVs and boats, the Cimarron Hills Fire Department’s chief said.

Dispatchers were altered to the blaze at Peak View Storage, 6050 Terminal Ave., at 4:30 a.m., said Matt Love, the department’s chief.

After gaining access to the secure facility and laying water lines, firefighters spent about an hour battling the blaze.

A majority of the vehicles damaged are a total loss, Love said.

“The crew saved hundreds of RVs,” he said. “It’s terrible we lost as many as we did.”

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by El Paso County Sheriff’s Office arson detectives and appears to be accidental, though no final determination has been made, said Lt. Jeff Kramer, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Love said he was grateful to Colorado Springs Fire Department and Peterson Air Force Base firefighters who assisted in obtaining water.

He also said he was grateful to anyone who called in the fire.

“Fires at night like that tend to grow quite a bit because they go unnoticed for awhile,” Love said. “I always encourage people to call us soon so we can get the best chance at fighting them.”

No structures were damaged in the fire.

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