Firefighting

Castle West Apartment Building Fire, Colorado Springs

Issue 12 and Volume 162.

BY RANDY ROYAL On January 16, 2007, the members of the Colorado Springs (CO) Fire Department (CSFD) experienced one of the most dangerous and devastating fires in its more than 100-year history. The Colorado Springs Communications Center received the first 911 call at 00:47:06 hours on Tuesday for a structure fire at the Castle West Apartments located at 3770 East Uintah Street, on the east side of the city. Within seconds, multiple calls began pouring in from trapped occupants as well as from witnesses to the fire. Some callers were frantic and reported that an accelerant had been poured in the hallways and that the heat and smoke had entrapped occupants in their apartments. Units from the CSFD were immediately dispatched and soon were confronted with a horrific situation that necessitated immediate crucial decisions. We addressed the obvious challenge and priority of the life safety need by calling for an…

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