FORT COLLINS, CO – Poudre Fire Authority responded on March 24 to a house explosion.
Firefighters found two burn victims, a father and toddler son, who had escaped and were standing on the sidewalk.
Poudre Valley Hospital Ambulance crew assumed treatment and transported the father and son to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.
PFA crews found a two-story, wood-frame duplex with a large amount of fire coming from the garage and quickly spreading into the living area of one unit.
Additionally, a car that was in the driveway but outside the garage was being damaged by the fire. Firefighters initiated an aggressive attack on the fire with multiple hose lines to extinguish and stop the spread as fast as possible.
Crews performed a search of the residence for potential trapped occupants along with ventilating the smoke and heat from the interior. A kenneled dog in the adjoining unit was found uninjured.
At least 50 percent of the one unit was destroyed by fire with the remaining damaged by heat and smoke.
The origin has been determined to be in the garage. However, the cause is currently under investigation. Red Cross responded to assist occupants with immediate food, clothing and shelter needs.