Fire swept through a retirement home early Monday, killing nine people and injuring at least 14, authorities said.
Six engine companies from the Colorado Springs Fire Department battled the fire at the Crystal Springs Estate home along with two aerial ladder companies, said Colorado Springs Police spokesman Lt. Rich Resling.Eight people were confirmed dead at the scene and another person died at a hospital, Resling said. Hospitals reported admitting six people, mostly suffering from smoke inhalation, and treating or examining eight others, including four firefighters.
A neighbor, Carolyn Johnson, said she woke up and saw fire, grabbed some blankets and ran to the scene. Gusty winds were pushing flames 15 feet in the air, and she could hear glass breaking, she said.
"You just feel helpless," she said. "It was a sad situation. You just feel like there wasn't anything you could do."
Denise Oldach, a spokeswoman for the city, said everyone in the home was apparently accounted for. She said the building, a one-story brick building with two wings, is apparently a total loss.
Crystal Springs Estate is described in the telephone book as a "residential care facility," a home for the elderly that does not offer extensive medical care as a nursing home does.