Fire badly damages Broomfield home while couple is at work, official says

Official: Fire apparently started in basement

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - A fire badly damaged a two-story house in Broomfield Monday while the homeowners were at work, fire officials said.

Airtracker7's camera showed flames and white smoke billowing from the ground floor of the white stucco home at 2505 Outlook Trail just after 5 p.m.

Neighbors called 911 after hearing glass breaking and seeing flames and smoke pouring from the home.

"There was some smoke coming out of the window well in the basement and kind of out the front, and I just called 911 immediately," said Stacy Robinson, who was driving home with her children when she saw the smoke billowing from her neighbor’s house. "I was yelling at the dispatcher to hurry up and get here, a house is on fire."

Firefighters were inside fighting the blaze for about 6 minutes when they had to retreat because the first floor started to collapse, said North Metro Fire Rescue spokesman Captain Ross Riley.

"It's frightening. It's scary. You don't really know how to react," neighbor Kathy Schmidt told 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart. Schmidt was eating dinner at the time and was completely unaware of what was happening in her backyard.

 "The police just knocked on my door and said, 'Your next door neighbor's house is on fire and you need to get out,'" the woman said.

Riley said it appears the fire started in the basement. A total of 29 firefighters helped douse fire, including crews from Thornton and Westminster.

The fire's cause remains under investigation.

Neighbors tell 7NEWS they’re concerned about the husband and wife who lived in the home. They were at work when the fire began

"This is a great neighborhood. Everyone is devastated for this family. It's quite shocking," said Robinson.

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