Firefighter injured fighting house fire in Montbello neighborhood of Denver

Fire guts Montbello home

DENVER - A firefighter was injured trying to save a Montebello house from fire Sunday morning.

The fire started around 2:30 a.m. at a house on Atchinson Way near Albrook Drive.

The firefighter was on the second floor when it started to collapse, said Phil Champagne with the Denver Fire Department.

He climbed out a window to get away from the fire, Champagne said. The firefighter was treated on scene for minor burns and a cut and was released, he said.

Neighbors said they heard yelling and a loud explosion before they looked out their window and noticed flames coming from the back of the home.

“My dad was yelling 'Hello, Hello, is everyone ok?',” said neighbor, Anna Reyes.

Robert and Virginia Wolff heard those screams and ran to help.

“I ran over here, banged on Stan’s door and nobody would answer,” said neighbor, Robert Wolff.

Wolff said he grabbed a hose from his home and began spraying his neighbor’s home.

“I tried to spray some on the patio but it’s like using a water hose on a forest fire,” Wolff said.

Neighbors told 7NEWS they later learned the homeowner was out of town attending his son’s funeral who died in a motorcycle accident.  The homeowner’s wife died of a heart attack a year ago.

“I was worried, I thought he was in there, if he was, it would’ve been too late.  There’s no doubt in my mind,” Wolff said.

It took about 45 minutes for firefighters to put out the fire. There was extensive damage to the home, Champagne said.

The cause is still under investigation, but witnesses believe that the fire started on the back porch.