Fort Collins, CO – Poudre Fire Authority responded to a house on fire in south Fort Collins.
A smoke column was visible as firefighters were en route; the response was immediately upgraded to two alarms, bringing additional help to the scene.
One of the occupants who was home at the time of the fire suffered smoke inhalation before escaping and was transported to a local hospital.
Firefighters found the garage totally engulfed, and the fire was quickly spreading into the living area and attic of the one-story, single-family, wood-frame dwelling.
Additionally, a car that was in the driveway but outside the garage was on fire. Firefighters initiated an aggressive attack on the fire with multiple hose lines to extinguish and stop the spread as fast as possible.
Crews also performed a search of the residence for potential trapped occupants, finding none. In addition, holes were cut in the roof to help stop the fire spread and to release smoke and hot gases.
At least 75 percent of the building was destroyed by fire with the remaining damaged by heat and smoke.
Red Cross staff responded to assist the four occupants - three adults and a child - with immediate food, clothing and shelter needs.
The origin has been determined to be in the garage; however, the cause is currently under investigation. One of the occupants reported they smelled smoke before they discovered the fire.
It is unknown at this time if there were any smoke alarms present.