About two residential blocks on Hathaway Drive in Cimarron Hills were out of water Thursday after a water main broke down the street from a house that sustained severe fire damage Wednesday.
Cimarron Hills fire and Cherokee Metropolitan Water District officials did not say if the blaze and the water break were connected.
The fire started on the top floor of a home on the 1200 block of Hathaway Drive, off Galley Road. Two adults and one child were in the basement about 7 p.m. and did not notice smoke or flames until the fire burned for some time in the attic, Cimarron Hills Fire Chief Matt Love said.
"We sent out entire response force and made it there in under three minutes and at least 15 percent of the top of the home was already in flames," Love said.
The home's residents escaped and fire fighters rescued several of their pets. Damage to the top level of the house was extensive, but the bottom floor was salvaged by the fire crews, Love said.
El Paso County Sheriff's Office fire investigators arrived at the house Thursday and began going through the rubble and ashes left behind to determine the cause of the fire.
Less than half a block down the street, a water main broke and cut off service at 1 a.m. and Cherokee Metropolitan Water District crews worked to repair the leak until about noon, executive manager Manny Ortega said.
"Usually the way it works, water pressure from one hydrant to the next will be shut off, with no pressure for a block and a half or two blocks of homes affected," Ortega said.