Sixty firefighters knocked down a fire that charred a four-story home early Friday in southwest Colorado Springs.
Flames leaping from the home at 390 Wedgewood Court reached as high as 30 feet, and black smoke could be seen from across the southern half of the city.
The fire was reported just before 6:15 a.m., said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Brian Vaughan. By 6:25 a.m., fire engines lined Wedgewood Court, rolling out dozens of hoses to spray water on the home.
The fire was under control by 7:25 a.m.
Crews are expected to be in the cul-de-sac most of the morning and possibly into the afternoon extinguishing hot spots.
Two people and a dog in the home escaped unharmed.
Maria Faulconer, who lives next door, said she saw smoke "encompassing the whole house" when she walked outside about 6:15 a.m. By the time she called 911, flames "shooting up" in the sky and the surrounding trees were covered in sparks.
"It was the fastest consumption of a home by a fire that I've ever seen," said Faulconer, whose family was evacuated. "We were terrified.
"We're just so thankful the homeowners are safe and alive. We're lucky the firefighters were so amazing."
The cause of the fire is unknown. Once all hot spots are matted down and heavy rescue teams confirm the foundation of the house is stable, investigators will search the home for clues, Vaughan said.