El Paso County Crime

Authorities: no connection in two house fires Thursday in Stratmoor area

One ruled suspicious, other ruled accidental

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Multiple fire agencies worked to extinguish two house fires just blocks from each other in the Stratmoor area, just south of Colorado Springs, on Thursday night. 

Reports of a house fire in the 1600 block of Maxwell Street came in at around 9:15 p.m.

Fortunately, the resident -- described by authorities as a Fort Carson soldier -- was not home at the time. 

A short time later, crews were called to a fire burning near a mobile home park in the 1200 block of Sherwood Drive, which is just a mile and a half away from the Maxwell Street home. 

Stratmoor Hills Fire Chief Jerame Bullard said the cause of the Maxwell Street fire is suspicious and remains under investigation.

Bullard said the Sherwood Drive fire started from faulty wiring and has been ruled accidental.  The home belonged to Stratmoor Hills firefighter Jim Light.  

Bullard said that Light was at headquarters dispatching crews to the first fire when calls for the second fire came in.

Light's home was determined to be a total loss, and the Maxwell Street home sustained damage to 50 percent of its structure.

A GoFundMe page has been established on Light's behalf.

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