Dec 4, 2011 1:08 PM by James H Egbert
Two early morning fires kept Colorado Springs Firefighters busy Sunday. The first fire was discovered sometime after 3:00am when smoke began creeping through the walls. The fire was burning in the wall space around a chimney that extended from the basement through the roof. There was a report of a partial ceiling collapse which made the home temporarily uninhabitable.
The Red Cross was not needed as the home owner's insurance was able to step in and provide immediate assistance to the homeowner. No injuries were reported.
A second fire alarm sent firefighters back out at about 7:45 am to the 6100 block of Balsam Street. When firefighters arrived the found a home that was boarded up and condemned for Black Mold which added an additional hazard to firefighters who had to enter the dwelling. Firefighters noted that the home should have been unoccupied but found items of interest that warranted calling for an arson investigation.
The fire appeared to have started in the basement level of the home and extended into the attic crawl space.
Fire Marshal investigators will continue to investigate the cause of the fire and any other circumstance3s surrounding it.