Electrical fire forces dozens to evacuate Denver apartment building early Tuesday morning

DENVER - An electrical fire forced dozens of people to evacuate a Denver apartment complex Tuesday morning.

The fire started on the second floor of building seven at the Valley Park Apartments around 3 a.m., the Denver Fire Department confirmed. That's at W. 6th Ave. and Wolff St., about a block east of 6th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd.

Officials said 70 to 90 people had to evacuate.

That included seven children in the Lopez family, who range in age from 1 to 15 years old.

"We were sleeping and all of a sudden we heard knocking and banging and found out the building was burning," said Karen Lopez, 15. "It's all hard… I'm nervous."

Fire crews told 7NEWS Reporter Tyler Lopez they cut electricity, gas and water to the apartment building because they were concerned the pipes would freeze. No estimate was given for when the utilities would be restores.

Two units had extensive damage.

Residents in 14 units were forced out and it is not clear when they will be able to return.

Red Cross volunteers met with affected residents and provided shelter and food for residents of three of the units, according to officials with the American Red Cross Colorado and Wyoming Region.

Any residents affected by the disaster who were not at the building this morning but who find they need Red Cross assistance may call (303) 722-7474.