Dec 24, 2013 6:58 PM by Andy Koen

Fire victims took in homeless

COLORADO SPRINGS - More than a dozen people were left homeless this afternoon as the result of a house fire on the southeast side of Colorado Springs. Two families were sharing the home in the 2000 block of Monterey Drive.

The fire started a few minutes after 12:00 p.m. and appears to have started on the back porch before spreading to the home itself.

Robin DeBusk lived at the home with her children and grandchildren. Her son was among the four adults taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"He tried to bust out a window to try and get the dog in the basement out and cut up his hand real bad," she said.

DeBusk recently invited some friends who had living on the streets to also stay at the home, bringing the total occupancy to 13 people.

"It's so cold, we didn't put anybody on the street in cold and it's Christmas," DeBusk explained. "We were trying to help out."

Dispatchers were told there was an explosion, but Lt. John Aker of the Colorado Springs Fire Department couldn't yet confirm the cause.

"We're trying to get into the house to where we can get our investigators into a safe environment," Aker explained.

As investigators look for the cause, Robin thinks she knows who is responsible.

"It was two of the homeless people that were in the back when the fire started, they both disappeared, I don't know."

While she's relieved that everyone is safe, the shock of the loss is still setting in.

"They've destroyed my home, they've destroyed our clothes, our Christmas, everything."

The Red Cross was contacted and is assisting the families in the aftermath of the fire.

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