by Rick Langenberg:
Fire and emergency service authorities are still investigating a blaze that erupted at a residential area in Cripple Creek Sunday morning, causing extensive damage to a home at 311 East Eaton.
According to a representative of the Cripple Creek Fire Department, fire crews were on the scene from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Firefighters from Cripple Creek, Four Mile and Divide battled the blaze, one of the first house fires to strike the region in many months, according to sources.
Luckily, the family, consisting of two adults and two children, escaped without incurring any injuries, according to a Cripple Creek Fire Department representative. Efforts are underway by the American Red Cross to assist the family and to find them temporary shelter. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation..
Several facebook reports have indicated that houses in the Cripple Creek area are extremely vulnerable to these types of fires, “burning like tinder boxes.”
A community-wide fundraising drive will be organized for the family, according to sources. For more details, check back here for further updates or contact the Cripple Creek Fire Department at 719-689-0240.