3-Alarm fire ravages 10 condos in Aurora near Buckley and Mexico

AURORA, Colo. - A wind-driven three-alarm fire destroyed or damaged 10 condominiums in Aurora on Tuesday afternoon, a fire official said.

The fast-moving fire in the 1700 block of South Pagosa Way, near East Mexico Avenue and South Buckley Road, was originally reported at 2:24 p.m. The first report called it a fence fire, but investigators haven't confirmed the cause or origin of the blaze, said Aurora Fire spokeswoman Captain Wendy Lippman.

"Due to the winds and that proximity of the buildings, it spread really quickly," Lippman said.

Firefighters had the fire out in about one hour, but it ravaged all five condominium buildings -- each with two condo units. One building's roof completely collapsed and two other buildings had partially collapsed roofs, Lippman said.

Depending on how many units were occupied, she said 10 families could be displaced.

Two adults and a juvenile were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and released, she said. No firefighters were hurt, but they were hot and tired after battling the blaze on a scorching hot day, Lippman said.

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