$750,000 fire destroys 4-unit apartment complex on King St.

       A nighttime fire Dec. 28 destroyed a two-story, 4-unit apartment complex at 2125 King St., with an estimated loss of $750,000.
       A mother and her son, who jumped out of their second-story bedroom windows to escape the fire, were examined at a local hospital and released without serious injury, according to Brian Keys of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
       A total of nine people lived in the complex, and all have since found temporary lodging with friends or family, he said.
       The blaze reportedly started in unit 2, the first-floor unit on the west side. What ignited the fire was still not known as of Dec. 29. The fire spread upstairs first to unit 4, where the mother and son lived, Keys said.
       The Fire Department received a call about the fire shortly after 8:30 p.m., with the first unit arriving within four minutes. However, flames were already shooting through the roof at that point, Keys said. It took nearly an hour to bring the fire under control.
       A cocker spaniel in one of the units died in the fire. A cat was still missing the next day.
       Keys said 50 firefighters fought the blaze, including units from the Westside's Stations 3, 5 and 9.
       The El Paso County Assessor's Office lists the property owners as Daryl and Donna Miller, who live elsewhere in Colorado Springs.

Westside Pioneer article from a press release