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Fire destroys apartments at east Colorado Springs complex

June 11, 2018 Updated: June 12, 2018 at 8:28 am
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Colorado Springs firefighters were battling a blaze at an apartment complex Monday evening near Platte Avenue and South Murray Boulevard. (Photo by Ellie Mulder, The Gazette)

Several apartments were destroyed Monday in a three-alarm blaze at an east Colorado Springs complex, said Fire Lt. Don Watkins.

The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. at The Village at Lionstone, 255 Lionstone Drive, after people heard an explosion and saw flames, Watkins said. The fire was contained to one building, but the number of burned units hadn't been determined, he said.

Three people were treated on scene for minor injuries - one for smoke inhalation and two for thermal burns, Watkins said.

"Right now, it seems a little unbelievable that we don't have any more serious injuries," he said. He said he hadn't heard of any pets being harmed.

The American Red Cross went to the complex to help affected residents, Watkins said. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

The complex has 288 units, said leasing agent Kayla Travis. Monday evening, she said she had spoken to displaced families but didn't how many were affected.

One- and two-bedroom apartments fill the complex near East Platte Avenue and North Murray Boulevard, its website says. Available two-bedroom apartments start at $1,020 per month, and one-bedroom apartments start at $895.

Temperatures reached 85 degrees Monday, well above the day's average of 77, the National Weather Service in Pueblo reported. And the heat is expected to rise, reaching the high 80s and low 90s later in the week.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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