Early morning fire forces residents out of Denver duplex

DENVER - An early morning fire forced residents out of a duplex in Denver Monday.

The fire was reported at E. 4th Ave. and Pennsylvania St. just before 4 a.m.

"We looked out the window and we could see our neighbor’s entire house on fire," said Robin May. "From every level there was fire coming out of every window."

At least six fire trucks and multiple firefighters responded to the fire. They were putting out hot spots at 4:30 a.m.

The young couple living in the home got out safely.

Officials say a smoke detector saved their lives.

"Residents woke up with smoke detectors, went downstairs, saw the fire, tried to put it out with a couple extinguishers and it got away from them," said Steve Maddock, Asst. Fire Chief with the Denver Fire Department. "They got out of the house and called us"

Sadly, their cat did not survive.

The people who live in the other unit are away on vacation, Maddock said.

Officials believe the fire started on the first floor but are still investigating the cause.