<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Wed, 25 May 2016 01:42:18 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[1 dead, 1 injured in Colorado senior living apartment fire]]> http://gazette.com/1-dead-1-injured-in-colorado-senior-living-apartment-fire/article/1576665?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-dead-1-injured-in-colorado-senior-living-apartment-fire/article/1576665?custom_click=rss

AURORA — Aurora Fire and Rescue officials say a fire in a six-story senior living apartment building killed one person and injured another.

The Denver Post reports that pipes intended to transport water throughout the building weren't functioning properly and firefighters had to carry hoses up the stairs. Laure Bridges, who is an Aurora fire department lieutenant, said the concrete building did not have a sprinkler system.

Firefighters were notified at about 7:30 p.m. and were able to get the fire under control by 9:30 p.m.

One person died at a hospital. The second had moderate injuries and was hospitalized overnight for observation.

Fire officials in the Denver suburb blame unattended cooking for

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Sun, 22 May 2016 11:46:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Girl, 4, killed in fire at suburban Denver group home]]> http://gazette.com/girl-4-killed-in-fire-at-suburban-denver-group-home/article/1576147?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/girl-4-killed-in-fire-at-suburban-denver-group-home/article/1576147?custom_click=rss

ARVADA — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl was one of two people killed in a fire at a suburban Denver group home.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner John Cline said Sunday the girl and a 39-year-old woman died in the Saturday morning blaze in Arvada. KMGH-TV reports the building was a host home for the developmentally disabled.

Cline says autopsies were being performed Sunday. He would not release the names of the dead because their families have not been notified.

Four other people were transported to hospitals for treatment. Authorities say firefighters found heavy smoke billowing from the front of the home when they arrived.

Investigators have not determined the cause or origin of the fire.

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Sun, 15 May 2016 11:40:20 -0600
<![CDATA[2 dead in fire at suburban Denver residential group home]]> http://gazette.com/2-dead-in-fire-at-suburban-denver-residential-group-home/article/1576085?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-dead-in-fire-at-suburban-denver-residential-group-home/article/1576085?custom_click=rss

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what caused a fire that killed two people at a group home in suburban Denver.

Arvada Fire Protection District spokeswoman Deanna Harrington says firefighters were called to the home early Saturday. They found heavy smoke billowing from the front.

Harrington says firefighters removed seven people from the home, six of whom were transported to hospitals for treatment. Two of the six were later pronounced dead.

Harrington described the house as a residential group home, but she did not have more information about the facility or the victims.

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Sat, 14 May 2016 11:35:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs firefighters learn there's no such thing as too much training]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-firefighters-learn-theres-no-such-thing-as-too-much-training/article/1575999?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-firefighters-learn-theres-no-such-thing-as-too-much-training/article/1575999?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Fire Department is getting more aggressive about fighting wildland fires.

During weeklong training this week, firefighters are re-learning how to maneuver a brush truck in rural terrain, how to troubleshoot problems with their hoses and, essentially, how to control a fire as fast as possible.

Part of that training includes attacking a fire from multiple sides and getting more water on the ground faster, fire Capt. Steve Oswald said.

Today, a typical wildland fire response might include three brush trucks, three engines and three wildland trucks, Oswald said. Within minutes, the equipment should double, he said.

"Instead of sending out one or two trucks to size up the fire, we're putting a lot

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Thu, 12 May 2016 19:32:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs company donates gear to small-town firefighters]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-company-donates-gear-to-small-town-firefighters/article/1575923?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-company-donates-gear-to-small-town-firefighters/article/1575923?custom_click=rss Firefighters of the Peyton Fire Protection District are about to get a much-needed equipment boost.

Colorado Springs-based local government service provider Vectrus Inc. is donating firefighter masks, breathing apparatus, oxygen tanks and a thermal imaging device to the department.

To honor this occasion, a public event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Peyton Fire Station, 13665 Railroad St.

"There is no way a small department like ours could afford this equipment, and to have it donated is very humbling," Peyton Fire Protection District Chief Omdahl said in a statement. "We appreciate it and we will put it to good use, for the benefit of our citizens.

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Thu, 12 May 2016 06:13:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Barbecue may have sparked fire in Colorado Springs that displaced 16]]> http://gazette.com/barbecue-may-have-sparked-fire-in-colorado-springs-that-displaced-16/article/1575802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/barbecue-may-have-sparked-fire-in-colorado-springs-that-displaced-16/article/1575802?custom_click=rss

Neighbors say a family barbecue may have caused a Tuesday evening fire that destroyed four units and displaced 16 people from their homes at Hunting Meadows Apartment in southeast Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman Lt. Carrick Patterson declined to disclose the cause of fire, saying that investigators were looking into it.

"There are conflicting reports at this time with some sort of explosion that might be consistent with a propane tank, but I cannot confirm that," he said.

More than 30 firefighters helped knock down the fire reported about 5:30 p.m. at 4344 Hunting Meadows Circle.

One person was treated for a minor burn. Patterson said that person was in a nearby apartment and "came

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Wed, 11 May 2016 06:18:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Volunteers come out to practice wildfire mitigation near Palmer Lake]]> http://gazette.com/volunteers-come-out-to-practice-wildfire-mitigation-near-palmer-lake/article/1575617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volunteers-come-out-to-practice-wildfire-mitigation-near-palmer-lake/article/1575617?custom_click=rss

As a punter for the Air Force Academy football team, Brayden Thomas is used to strenuous workouts.

So he didn't mind carrying tree limbs around on a private property in Palmer Lake for several hours Saturday, all to help prevent the spread of a wildfire.

He was one of about 50 volunteers at the location who joined the Coalition for the Upper South Platte's efforts to mitigate fire risk as part of the National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. They spent the day removing the lower branches from trees so grass fires won't spread into the canopy. Instead of discarding the branches and other fuels, CUSP volunteers and workers were using a wood chipper to turn the material into mulch, which later would be sold at a facility in

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Sun, 08 May 2016 08:42:28 -0600