Fire rips through residential Aurora buildings, displacing dozens of people

Aurora firefighters deployed ladders to rescue several people trapped in a fire in an apartment building Friday night, and dozen of residents were evicted for damage to at least 31 units.

One person was rushed to hospital and four adults were examined on site, said Aurora Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sherri-Jo Stowell. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire in a three-story building at 10693 E. Exposition Ave. were included.

The incident was a three-alarm fire, which meant eight engines and all of the department’s carts were dispatched. Stowell said the fire would be under control in about half an hour. Investigators are trying to find out what caused it.

Stowell said the fire department was able to rescue the people within minutes of arriving at the building. Red Cross spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said 74 residents had been evicted.

The Red Cross provides shelter, medical and mental health assistance, food and other emergencies, Carlson said.

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

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