Fire destroys 2 homes on East Temple Drive in Aurora

AURORA, Colo. - A fire destroyed two homes in Aurora on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire began about 5:30 p.m. in the 17000 block of East Temple Drive, engulfing the neighborhood in thick smoke. 7NEWS was first on the scene, shooting video black smoke billowing from the homes.

Diana Garcia, who lives a few doors down from where the fire started, said she was inside watching TV when she heard what sounded like firecrackers.

"I heard pop, pop, pop and I saw people tearing down the street," Garcia said. "As I got out here, the whole side of the house was just engulfed in flames, actually both of the houses were just engulfed in flames."

Six fire engines responded and fire crews used a ladder truck to attack the flames from above. Firefighters ushered people on the block away from the fire because the smoke and debris was heavy.

Neighbors who spotted the fire told 7NEWS it started in the home on the left and spread to the blue home on the right.

No one was in the home on the left when the fire started. The homeowner of the second home told 7NEWS Reporter Lindsey Sablan off-camera that she heard the pops and opened her door to see flames rushing toward her. She was able to escape safely.

A spokesperson with the Aurora Fire Department said one person was taken to the hospital for non-burn related injuries. The fire was out by 6:30 p.m. Investigators are still determining a cause.