Update: Mother and child escape burning home in east Colorado Springs

September 10, 2013 Updated: September 10, 2013 at 10:31 am
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Colorado Springs Fire Department Lt. Stacy Billapando, right, comforts the resident of a home on Robin Drive that was heavily damaged in a fire Tuesday morning, September 10, 2013. The occupants of the home were not injured but reportedly several cats and birds perished in the blaze. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Colorado Springs fire crews reported all residents of a home that caught on fire Tuesday morning were safe and uninjured.

The fire department's public information officer tweeted the call for help was received at 8:34 a.m. from the 2200 block of Robin Drive, off Constitution Avenue and Union Boulevard.

A woman and a child inside were safe and had evacuated the house without sustaining injuries by 9 a.m. and the blaze had been fully extinguished, spokeswoman Sunny Smaldino said.

There were small animals inside that could not be rescued in time and fire crews were in the process of determining how many of them had perished in the blaze.

"The fire damaged the home severely and it's definitely not safe to live in," Smaldino said. "Our investigators are on the way to determine the cause of the fire."

Smaldino said three residents will be displaced due to the fire until they find alternate housing.

Scanner traffic during the incident indicated heavy smoke inside the residence made visibility minimal for fire crews, who opened windows and doors to ventilate the structure.

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