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Minor faces charges in house fire

By Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:25:48 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 06:33:00 AM CST

Fire Displaces Five People

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A minor faces charges in a fire that displaced five people Sunday. 

.Firefighters were called out to 1311 Delaware Drive around 8:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found a fire smoldering in a back bedroom on top of a pile of clothes. The bedroom door was closed, which firefighters said made a big difference.

What took long wasn't putting out the fire, it was getting all five people out of the home. Firefighters say some of the people who live in the home have developmental disabilities and didn't realize how serious the fire was. It took firefighters five minutes to get everyone out. Once they did, they quickly put out the fire.

"They weren't really resisting. They just didn't go out on their own and for us when we arrived and have people in the home and have active smoke and active fire our first priority is getting the people out so what we have to do is let the fire burn in order to get the people out. And it's kind of a risk: do you go after the fire or do you get the people out? Life safety comes first for us, so the people come first. We'll get them out," said Lt. Jeff Sievers, with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

One woman was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation. The family won't be able to return home for a few days because of all the smoke that built up. The Red Cross is working with the family to find a place to stay.

Colorado Springs police said a boy had been playing with matches in the bedroom. He is facing charges of 4th-degree arson and was released to his mother. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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