Fire destroys home near Widefield High School
Last updated 1/20/2021 at 11:01am
An overnight house fire has destroyed a home directly across the street from Widefield and Discovery high schools.
By Wednesday morning when students started arriving, fire crews continued working the scene at 712 Widefield Drive. El Paso County Department of Public Works had employees cleaning up debris throughout the morning.
An El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputy on the scene said he hadn't been there long, but he wasn't aware of anyone in the home injured due the fire. Homes on either side appeared unscathed. A neighbor said she didn't think anyone was inside the home at the time.
Numerous neighbors, though dismayed at the severity of the fire so close to their own homes, were not surprised. The property has been the subject of many complaints over the last few years. There have been claims of drug activity, homeless people camping out and more. It's also not the first fire at the house.
Last summer a man living in the home claimed another resident shot him with a gun. By the time that happened, the county already had quietly initiated the a legal process for possible condemnation or other resolution, but that sort of action takes a long time to accomplish through legal channels.
The Fountain Valley News will follow up with more details as they become available.