2-alarm fire forces at least 20 people out of apartments in Arapahoe County early Wednesday

Family calls Jesse Rockwell a hero

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - One man jumped into action to help his neighbors when a two-alarm fire broke out in their apartment complex early Wednesday morning.

The fire burned at the Woodhaven Apartment complex at 7535 East Harvard Avenue just after 4:30 a.m. That is near South Quebec Street and East Yale Avenue.

Resident Jesse Rockwell told 7NEWS he climbed over the railing to his neighbors' third-story balcony to wake up the family inside.

"First I woke my parents up and climbed over onto the other balcony," Rockwell said. "I got these guys up right here."

Rockwell said he carried Jose Salazar, Jr. and two other people down from the top-floor balcony.

"I was really scared and he helped me, he helped me control my fear," Salazar, Jr. said. "And I was glad about that because he did everything. He cared (sic) to get us out of there."

"He saved the life (sic) of my kids," said Jose Salazar, Sr.

Firefighters helped evacuate other residents. One person was trapped on a balcony and others were calling for help from their windows when fire crews got to the scene, Cunningham Fire Chief Jerry Rhodes confirmed.

At least 20 people have been displaced by the fire, Rhodes said.

Only minor injuries have been reported.


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