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Colorado Springs Fire Department responding to apartment fire near Stratmoor Hills area


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Springs Fire Department is investigating a fire on the south side of Colorado Springs that left over thirty people displaced.

Neighbors say they woke up to flames and the smell of smoke early this morning, forcing them to make an emergency evacuation at the Quail Cove Apartments.

Glass shattering, the sound of the walls and furniture catching fire, and smoke filling the air. That was the reality for neighbors at the Quail Cove Apartments early Friday morning as the fire spread throughout the building.

"It woke me up. I heard like two big pops, and I was very confused as to what was going on, and I like heard people screaming, and someone had shouted fire, so I freaked out," said Catilyn Mclelland, a resident.

Some neighbors could take videos of the large flames before leaving the building, but Caitlyn and her roommate, Angelina, only had seconds to get out.

" I went out on the pitch to the patio, and the moment I opened the door and peeked my head out, I instantly felt the flame, and I was like, yo, we need to leave. So then I grabbed my cat, she grabbed her dog, and we left immediately after that," said Angelina Gentile.

The fire department says one resident received medical treatment for minor burns.

The two roommates say they cannot return home, leaving them without clothing, car keys, or even their wallets.

In the meantime, the Red Cross and Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management offer resources to help those impacted by the fire.

Officials say that about 55 firefighters are on the scene, working on containing the fire. Warming trailers and other resources have been deployed to keep firefighters and the residents who need shelter to stay out of the cold conditions.

Colorado Springs police told KRDO13 that the building is indefinitely closed because of the heavy damage.

This developing story will be updated when more information is released.

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