Fire forces about 2 dozen families out of Woodhaven Apartments in Denver just before Christmas

Third fire at complex in the past year

DENVER - A fire forced about two dozen families out of a Denver apartment complex Monday.

It broke out at the Woodhaven Apartments at 7580 E. Harvard Ave., near S. Quebec St. and E. Yale Ave.

A Red Cross Disaster Action Team was there at 7:30 p.m. to will provide housing assistance, officials told 7NEWS.

The fire is believed to have been an accident, Cunningham Fire Chief Jerry Rhodes said Tuesday.

The Woodhaven Apartments cover several blocks, and this is the third fire in their buildings in the past year.

In June, residents helped firefighters evacuate residents during an early-morning fire at 7535 E. Harvard Ave.

In October, firefighters rescued 14 people during a 2-alarm fire at 2450 S. Quebec St. Two people were hurt.

Rhodes said Tuesday he was not too concerned about the number of fires, but said crews need to respond quickly because the buildings were built in the '70s.

"This is an older structure, it does not have sprinklers," Rhodes said after the fire in October.