Corvette backfires, ignites house fire

By Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 05/03/2008 02:39:05 PM MDT

Denver, CO - A man was working on a vintage Corvette when it backfired Friday night and sparked an engine fire in a Greenwood Village garage.

The fire that started just before 6 p.m. spread quickly from the garage to the home at 4481 South Yosemite Court, causing significant damage, said Andy Lyon, spokesman for South Metro Fire Rescue.

The homeowner tried to push the car out of the garage but strong winds fueled the blaze, Lyon said.

A family of four and two pets escaped without injury, and none of the 40 firefighters responding in eight engines and two ladder trucks was hurt, Lyon said.

"The crews attacked the fire aggressively," said Emergency Medical Chief Bob Smith, "but the weather, the amount of fuel and the home's construction worked against them."

Strong winds fanned the fire and firefighters had to leave the inside of the home and initiate a defensive attack from the outside, Smith said.

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