Two people were forced to evacuate their northeast Colorado Springs condominium after a fire started in a fan in the bathroom and filled the home with smoke.
About 2:30 a.m., a man was jolted awake by a popping noise, when he noticed flames in the bathroom of his condo at 3210 Van Teylingen Drive, Gazette news partner KKTV reported. The man tried to put it out with the showerhead, which produced more smoke.
He, alongside another woman in the apartment and their dog, quickly left their home while firefighters evacuated neighboring apartments.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, which was isolated to the ceiling in the bathroom.
Had the man in the condo not woken up to the spark, the consequences could have been worse, said Lt. Kevin Ducy with the Fire Department.
"What can happen is it can smolder in there if it's wiring or that kind of thing, for a long period of time, which can build up dangerous carbon monoxide in the building, so that'll make you go further into deep sleep and you won't wake up if a fire breaks out," Ducy said to KKTV. "If he had his bedroom door shut, he may not have known that [there was a fire] for quite some time and the results could have much different."
Ducy also stressed the need for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, which this condo did not have.