At least 25 people hurt in C-Springs fire
COLORADO SPRINGS A fire at an apartment complex injured at least 24 people early Tuesday, including some who jumped from balconies to escape.No deaths were immediately reported, but fire Capt. Glenn Conklin said firefighters had not been able to enter the building to see whether everyone got out. Flames were still visible at midday, more than 10 hours after the fire started.Conklin said crews rescued 62 people through windows. Some survivors jumped from balconies, but it wasn’t clear whether they were included in the fire department total.”People were throwing kids out of the windows,” resident James Evans told The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs. “I just woke up and it was on fire – everything was on fire,” he said.Evans, who lived on the third floor, said he tried to lower himself to the ground by a television cable, but the cable snapped and he fell, suffering an injury. It was not clear how badly he was hurt or how far he fell.Memorial Hospital Central said 23 people were taken there with sprained ankles, broken bones and other injuries, but none appeared to be life-threatening.One firefighter also suffered a minor injury, fire Lt. Jeff Sievers said. Details were not immediately available.The fire broke out sometime before 1 a.m. The cause was not immediately known and Conklin said he could not comment on whether investigators suspect it was arson. Federal agents will help with the investigation, he said.The temperature was 8 degrees, and runoff from the fire hoses froze into a thick sheet of ice on nearby streets.The three-story apartment complex has about 130 units.The Colorado Springs chapter of the American Red Cross set up a shelter in a nearby church. David Just, the organization’s chief executive, said he knew of about 150 people displaced by the fire and expected up to 40 people to stay overnight in the shelter.Just said the Red Cross hadn’t heard from anyone who couldn’t find an apartment resident. The Red Cross was giving fire victims debit cards to buy clothes, medicine and other things.
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