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Investigators look through the rubble of an apartment complex fire on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The fire occurred Monday evening after people heard an explosion and saw flames. ATF agents were also at the scene of the investigation on Tuesday. The fire occurred at the Village at Lionstone near Murray Blvd. and Platte Ave. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A three-alarm blaze destroyed 14 units in two buildings at The Village at Lionstone, 255 Lionstone Drive, an east Colorado Springs apartment complex Monday, displacing 41 people including three children.

The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. after people heard an explosion and saw flames.

Twelve destroyed units are in building 525. Two in building 515 sustained smoke and water damage. Three of the destroyed units were unoccupied.

Three people were treated on scene: one for smoke inhalation and two for thermal burns. A dog and two hamsters were killed.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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Ellie is a crime and breaking news reporter. She's a proud Midwesterner, stationery hoarder and Earl Grey tea enthusiast. After interning at The Gazette in 2015, she joined the newspaper's staff in 2016.

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