Fire tears through Aurora apartment building, displaces dozens of people

Aurora firefighters used ladders to rescue several people trapped in an apartment building fire Friday night and several residents were displaced because of damage to at least 31 of the units.

One person was taken to the hospital and four others, all adults, were checked at the scene, said Aurora Fire Department spokeswoman Sherri-Jo Stowell. Firefighters responded at about 8 p.m. to the report of a fire with several people trapped in a three-story building at 10693 E. Exposition Ave.

The incident was a three-alarm fire, meaning eight engines and all the department’s ladder trucks were dispatched. Stowell said the blaze was under control in about a half hour. Investigators are trying to determine what caused it.

Stowell said firefighters were able to get people out within minutes of arriving at the building. Red Cross spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said 74 residents displaced by the fire.

The Red Cross is providing lodging, help with medical and mental health, food and any other emergency needs, Carlson said.

The American Red Cross of Colorado opened an evacuation center at  Highline Community Elementary School, 11000 E. Exposition Ave.



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