<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:36:52 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Child who started grassfire in Colorado Springs was under 10 years old]]> By Sue McMillin sue.mcmillin@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/child-who-started-grassfire-in-colorado-springs-was-under-10-years-old/article/1545365?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/child-who-started-grassfire-in-colorado-springs-was-under-10-years-old/article/1545365?custom_click=rss

The child who started a fire Tuesday in the Stratton Open Space won't be charged because he or she is under 10 years of age, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Wednesday in a release.

Fire investigators said the child was playing with a lighter.

The nearly 6-acre fire in southwestern Colorado Springs was reported just after 1 p.m. Tuesday and was quickly extinguished. It sent up plumes of smoke that were widely visible.

The fire was initially reported as a 3-acre fire, but was later determined to be 5.92 acres.

In its release Wednesday, the Fire Department highlighted its FireFactor program for children ages 2 to 18 who misuse fire. There were 90 referrals to the program in 2014, the release said.

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]]> The child who started a fire Tuesday in the Stratton Open Space won't be charged because he or she is under 10 years of age, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Wednesday in a release.

Fire investigators said the child was playing with a lighter.

The nearly 6-acre fire in southwestern Colorado Springs was reported just after 1 p.m. Tuesday and was quickly extinguished. It sent up plumes of smoke that were widely visible.

The fire was initially reported as a 3-acre fire, but was later determined to be 5.92 acres.

In its release Wednesday, the Fire Department highlighted its FireFactor program for children ages 2 to 18 who misuse fire. There were 90 referrals to the program in 2014, the release said.]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:43:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Juvenile responsible for starting Colorado Springs grass fire]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/juvenile-responsible-for-starting-colorado-springs-grass-fire/article/1545318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/juvenile-responsible-for-starting-colorado-springs-grass-fire/article/1545318?custom_click=rss

Shortly after a small grass fire sent up a plume of smoke in southwestern Colorado Springs on Tuesday, firefighters had the 3-acre fire under control.

The fire in Stratton Open Space was reported just after 1 p.m. on a warm, dry day when temperatures in Colorado Springs were above 
60 degrees. Colorado Springs firefighters along with the El Paso County Wildland Crew had the blaze extinguished just before 2 p.m., said Capt. Steve Oswald, a spokesman for the fire department.

The fire was caused by a juvenile playing with a lighter, Oswald said. He would not give the child's age or gender. The child was not injured and will not be charged for what has been deemed an accident, Oswald said.

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]]> Shortly after a small grass fire sent up a plume of smoke in southwestern Colorado Springs on Tuesday, firefighters had the 3-acre fire under control.

The fire in Stratton Open Space was reported just after 1 p.m. on a warm, dry day when temperatures in Colorado Springs were above 
60 degrees. Colorado Springs firefighters along with the El Paso County Wildland Crew had the blaze extinguished just before 2 p.m., said Capt. Steve Oswald, a spokesman for the fire department.

The fire was caused by a juvenile playing with a lighter, Oswald said. He would not give the child's age or gender. The child was not injured and will not be charged for what has been deemed an accident, Oswald said.]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:10:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs apartment fire kills dog]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-apartment-fire-kills-dog/article/1545322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-apartment-fire-kills-dog/article/1545322?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs apartment fire killed a dog Tuesday afternoon.

The kitchen fire, at Citadel Village Apartment Homes on North Chelton Road, was reported shortly after 2 p.m. and was quickly contained by firefighters, according to Colorado Springs Fire Capt. Steve Oswald. It didn't spread to other units.

One dog died in the fire and two residents in the unit were displaced. The Red Cross is assisting them, according to a tweet from the organization.



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A Colorado Springs apartment fire killed a dog Tuesday afternoon.

The kitchen fire, at Citadel Village Apartment Homes on North Chelton Road, was reported shortly after 2 p.m. and was quickly contained by firefighters, according to Colorado Springs Fire Capt. Steve Oswald. It didn't spread to other units.

One dog died in the fire and two residents in the unit were displaced. The Red Cross is assisting them, according to a tweet from the organization.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:20:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Divide fire department's improved rating could lower property insurance rates]]> BY LISA WALTON The Gazette - http://gazette.com/divide-fire-departments-improved-rating-could-lower-property-insurance-rates/article/1545222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/divide-fire-departments-improved-rating-could-lower-property-insurance-rates/article/1545222?custom_click=rss

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 protection 
rating.

The protection district has two stations and serves residents in the 100-square-mile area.

Also referred to as an ISO score or Public Protection Classification, fire protection rating is assigned by the Insurance Services Office on a scale from 1-10.

The lower the number, the less likely a property will be damaged in a fire.

It's one of many factors insurance companies consider in determining property insurance

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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 protection 
rating.

The protection district has two stations and serves residents in the 100-square-mile area.

Also referred to as an ISO score or Public Protection Classification, fire protection rating is assigned by the Insurance Services Office on a scale from 1-10.

The lower the number, the less likely a property will be damaged in a fire.

It's one of many factors insurance companies consider in determining property insurance]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:05:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs family displaced by chimney fire]]> BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-displaced-by-chimney-fire/article/1545081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-displaced-by-chimney-fire/article/1545081?custom_click=rss 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 minutes to find light smoke showing from the roof. Nearly 30 firefighters responded and the fire was doused in under 15 minutes, according to the fire department.

People inside the home exited safely, and told firefighters that embers had fallen from above their wood burning stove.

Firefighters said the family, including the mother, a baby and a 2-year-old, stayed with friends. The father returned to the house to keep the pipes from



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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 minutes to find light smoke showing from the roof. Nearly 30 firefighters responded and the fire was doused in under 15 minutes, according to the fire department.

People inside the home exited safely, and told firefighters that embers had fallen from above their wood burning stove.

Firefighters said the family, including the mother, a baby and a 2-year-old, stayed with friends. The father returned to the house to keep the pipes from

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:54:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Cause determined for Colorado Springs house fire]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/cause-determined-for-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1545066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cause-determined-for-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1545066?custom_click=rss 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. Heavy flames were visible when firefighters arrived.

The Red Cross worked with the residents on Wednesday to set them up with temporary housing.

The residents were woken in the middle of the night by smoke alarms. The fire department encourages people to install alarms or test existing ones to make sure they'll wake up in the event of a fire.



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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. Heavy flames were visible when firefighters arrived.

The Red Cross worked with the residents on Wednesday to set them up with temporary housing.

The residents were woken in the middle of the night by smoke alarms. The fire department encourages people to install alarms or test existing ones to make sure they'll wake up in the event of a fire.

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:54:16 -0700
<![CDATA[County website will post addresses of residents with burn permits]]> By RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/county-website-will-post-addresses-of-residents-with-burn-permits/article/1544670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/county-website-will-post-addresses-of-residents-with-burn-permits/article/1544670?custom_click=rss

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. Commissioner Sallie Clark was absent.

Updates to the ordinance were borne of concern over private burns in the Black Forest, the area devastated by wildfire in 2013. The fire, which burned about 15,000 acres, left thousands of dead trees.

The cheapest way to get rid of what residents call the "black sticks" has been to burn them. But smoke in the air traumatized residents, who appealed to the commissioners to formalize the private burning

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]]> 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. Commissioner Sallie Clark was absent.

Updates to the ordinance were borne of concern over private burns in the Black Forest, the area devastated by wildfire in 2013. The fire, which burned about 15,000 acres, left thousands of dead trees.

The cheapest way to get rid of what residents call the "black sticks" has been to burn them. But smoke in the air traumatized residents, who appealed to the commissioners to formalize the private burning]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:20:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Dog dies in Colorado Springs fire]]> BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/dog-dies-in-colorado-springs-fire/article/1544629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-dies-in-colorado-springs-fire/article/1544629?custom_click=rss 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 inside the home suffered minor injuries in the fire.

A disaster team with the Pikes Peak Red Cross also responded to assist.



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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 inside the home suffered minor injuries in the fire.

A disaster team with the Pikes Peak Red Cross also responded to assist.

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