• Divide fire department's improved rating could lower property insurance rates

    BY LISA WALTON The Gazette -
    Updated: 21 hr ago

    A fire department with no paid workers might pay dividends for Divide residents. Property insurance premiums in the tiny Teller County town may decrease this year because the Divide Fire Protection District, staffed completely with volunteer firefighters, has improved its fire...

  • Colorado Springs family displaced by chimney fire

    BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A chimney fire put a family of four out of their home late Wednesday night, according to Colorado Springs firefighters, No injuries were reported in the fire, which sparked shortly before midnight at a home on the 300 block of South 24th Street. Firefighters responded within five...

  • Cause determined for Colorado Springs house fire

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A house fire that displaced two adults and two dogs was caused by an electrical problem in the attic, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Thursday. The fire, reported at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at 909 Bennett Lane, caused about $83,000 in damages, said Fire Capt. Steve Oswald....

  • County website will post addresses of residents with burn permits

    By RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to pass a burn ordinance that will add a layer of approval for county residents looking to burn slash piles. All five of the six commissioners present voted in favor of passing the ordinance on its second reading....

  • Dog dies in Colorado Springs fire

    BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    A dog died in a house fire Wednesday evening, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. The fire was reported at 815 E. Yampa Street, near North Prospect Street and East Cache La Poudre Street at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, according to firefighters. Firefighters said one person...

  • Humane Society looking for help in restocking stolen trailer

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    An emergency response trailer belonging to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region was stolen Christmas Day, dumped on the side of the road and damaged beyond repair, the agency said Tuesday. The Community Animal Response Team trailer was stocked with supplies to house evacuated...

  • New Black Forest Fire chief begins new job

    By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Bryan Jack, a longtime firefighter and resident of the Pikes Peak region, donned his new uniform Monday as chief of the Black Forest Fire Department. After months of sifting through applications from around the country, the six-person fire department board selected Jack as the...

  • Colorado Springs firefighters improve wildfire training in 2014

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Colorado Springs firefighters spent almost twice as much time training for wildfires in 2014 as they did training in 2011. The extra work was part of a department initiative to prepare crews for the type of massive wildfires that have plagued El Paso County in recent years. Early last...

  • No injuries in Colorado Springs apartment fire, but residents say no alarms heard

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Residents of a Colorado Springs apartment complex that caught fire Monday said they didn't hear alarms go off even when they saw billowing smoke. The Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to the Sunset Creek apartments on the 5400 block of North Nevada Avenue about 1:15 p.m. and...

  • Toddler killed in Greeley fire left home alone

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    GREELEY — Police in Greeley say a fire that killed a 3-year-old girl Saturday broke out while she was left in the mobile home alone. Police say the girl lived in the home with her grandmother, her mother, 27-year-old Kristen Braig and her mother's boyfriend, 34-year-old Dustin...