Search over as kids make it out of manhole

Three children who reportedly went into a manhole in Colorado Springs Monday morning were able to make it out safely at a nearby exit, possibly before rescue crews even arrived.

According to Colorado Springs firefighters, a Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) employee saw the three kids playing near the manhole and called it in when they were seen going into it near Platte Avenue and Murray Boulevard around 10:35 a.m.

“One of the concerns was when the Utilities worker went down to try to get the kids out of the storm drain,” Lt. Kris Soppe with the Colorado Springs Fire Department said, ” their air monitor went off showing it was a hazardous atmosphere.”

Fire crews along with a hazmat team responded to the scene. Two pairs of heavy rescue teams searched the storm water drain for about an hour before calling it off, saying the kids were able to escape near Bijou Street.

“It’s most likely that this isn’t their first time in the storm sewer,” Soppe said. “A lot of [the manholes] are easily accessible to kids.”

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About 20 firefighters, along with Colorado Springs Police officers and CSU employees, assisted in the rescue attempt.

Officials have not said how old the children are or exactly how they got out.

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