The Colorado Springs Police Department and fire Department responded to a burning camper at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, behind the 7-Eleven at the intersection of East Fountain Boulevard and South Circle Drive. There were no injuries, but the camper was completely destroyed.

“This just came in as a vehicle fire,” said Lt. Mark Romero with CSFD. “We got here and there were two individuals who lived in it. It caught fire, but nobody got injured.”

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CSPD and CSFD responded to the scene of a burning camper the morning of Nov. 4.

The camper and its contents were completely destroyed. “Unfortunately, the sad part is this is all they have,” said Romero. “These gentlemen, we reached out to them, and so has CSPD, to try to find them some temporary housing so they can figure out what they’re going to do. They’re from out of state, so our big concern now that the fire is out is to see if we can get these guys taken care of.”

Local community group Southside Alliance is also trying to fundraise $1,605 in an effort to help the victims of the fire.

We believe our neighborhood is where community is built,” read a Facebook post by Southside Alliance organizer Shequan Smith. “Today an unfortunate event took place with two community members. Their RV, which they live in, caught on fire this morning. They are now homeless. They both are able and willing to work, so we are pulling together to get them a place to stay for the remainder of the month and a basic phone so they can be reached by employers and save to get on their feet again.”

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The camper completely destroyed by the Nov. 4 fire.

Southside Alliance has organized a number of community events in Southeast Colorado Springs, and has worked with the Chinook Center to provide services and events for residents. Contributions to their fundraiser for the victims of the fire can be made through PayPal. Southside Alliance was profiled alongside Be the Change 719 in the November issue of the Southeast Express.

 

Heidi Beedle is a former soldier, educator, activist, and animal welfare worker. She received a Bachelor’s in English from UCCS. She has worked as a freelance writer covering LGBTQ issues, nuclear disasters, cattle mutilations, and social movements.