Family escapes South Jeffco house fire

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By AJ Vicens

Five members of a South Jeffco family escaped uninjured March 25 after waking up to find their home in flames.

The early-morning blaze left the home at 7377 S. Flower St. uninhabitable, and the family will be displaced for at least six months.

The fire may have started near a backyard grill, according to Micki Trost, spokesperson for West Metro Fire Rescue. Flames traveled up the rear of the home and worked their way in, causing extensive damage. The homeowner woke up and was able to evacuate his wife and three daughters ages 7, 8 and 11.

“The difficulty with fires that start on the outside of a structure is you don’t have early notification,” Trost said. “On top of that, in the middle of the night the fires tend to be able to grow without anybody noticing them. Thankfully, he heard the fire.”

Trost said the family learned a valuable lesson from the fire: Don’t go back inside a burning structure once everyone is safely out.

“One of them did go back in,” Trost said. “He’s very lucky he wasn’t injured.”

In August 2008 a fire engulfed a Roxborough home, killing four people. Trost said one of the deaths came as a result of someone going into the burning home.

“It’s very dangerous, especially when you have everybody out safely,” Trost said. “There are no possessions worth your life when you go back into a burning building.”

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