Fire forces evacuations at Denver apartment complex early Wednesday morning

DENVER - Crews are battling an apartment fire in Denver that forced residents out into the cold early this morning.

Firefighters responded to the Vantage Point Apartments at 1105 S. Cherry St. a little after 4 a.m., the Denver Fire Department confirmed. That's near E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Colorado Blvd.

The fire appears to have started on the first floor, according to officials on the scene.

"It did tremendous damage to a corner unit," 7NEWS Reporter Tyler Lopez reported from the scene.

Crews were on the second floor and on the roof trying to make sure the fire didn't spread when Lopez arrived. They were still actively searching for hot spots at 5 a.m.

The severe damage appears to be contained to the right side of building.

"It's definitely going to have a significant impact on the people who live in the Vantage Point Apartments in south Denver," Lopez said.

Evacuated residents huddled in the building next door to stay warm until RTD buses began to arrive at about 5:20 a.m.

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