• Black Forest fire district to crack down on its reimbursement policies

    By stephen hobbs stephen.gazette.com -
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Black Forest Fire Protection District said it will reinforce existing policies in the wake of accusations that employees used taxpayer money to cover personal losses, according to a statement Friday from the agency. The statement came after the El Paso County District Attorney's...

  • Man found dead outside burning Colorado Springs house identified

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    A man found dead Thursday outside of a Colorado Springs residence was identified by the El Paso County Coroner's Office as 80-year-old Peter Spellman. Spellman was found on the east side of the house at 2414 E. Tahoe Blvd., where Colorado Springs firefighters were responding to a...

  • Man found dead outside burning Colorado Springs house after 911 call

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    A man called police Thursday morning to say that his house was on fire and filled with propane bombs. He walked out of the house and planned to shoot himself once he hung up, he told dispatchers. A minute later, Colorado Springs police officers heard a shot ring out on East Tahoe...

  • Former Black Forest fire chief Bob Harvey cleared by DA in use of fire district credit cards

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    The El Paso County District Attorney's Office said it found no wrongdoing during an investigation into former Black Forest Fire Protection District Chief Bob Harvey's use of the district's credit card. Harvey put four charges on the card, all of which the DA's office declared were...

  • Large fire in Chipita Park

    KKTV
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A huge fire started in Chipita Park Thursday night. It is in the 9000 block of Mohawk Trail. Flames are visible for miles away. Firefighters say two people were able to escape and there were no injuries. The freezing temperatures and snow made it hard for the firefighters to...

  • Fire closes Manitou Avenue

    KKTV
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Manitou Ave was closed for a short time Wednesday evening due to a fire in downtown Manitou Springs. The fire broke out in the basement of the Whickerbill. Firefighters say they were able to get the fire out before it spread to bunch of dried wood that was being kept in the basement....

  • Upgrade of Colorado Springs firefighter memorial on track for April completion

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    For families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty, the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is more than a physical commemoration of their loved ones' sacrifices. Some family members, like Kristen Pascall and Terry Hekkers, attend the ceremony year after year to meet with others...

  • Colorado Springs storage unit fire human-caused

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    A fire that damaged at least 10 storage units Saturday at a west Colorado Springs facility was human-caused, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Thursday. Several units at SecureCare Self Storage at 2005 King Street were ablaze when firefighters arrived shortly after 4 p.m....

  • Colorado Springs burns will clear brush near highway

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Colorado Springs Utilities plans to conduct agricultural burns this week to clear brush and vegetation from irrigation ditches, the company said in a news release. The utilities' wildland fire team will conduct the burns Thursday and Friday at 4940 south Highway 85/87, weather...

  • Women hotshots blaze trail

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gmail.com -
    Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Mary Lowry was a freshly minted graduate from Colorado College in 1997 when she arrived for her first day of work with the Pike Interagency Hotshot Crew. As she stepped from her car at the crew's home in Monument, she heard screams and cheers. "I parked my car and I get out and I...

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