Investigators on scene with dog at Lakewood apartment complex that burned Friday
Investigators taking pictures of evidence
Last Updated: 117 days ago
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Investigators from West Metro Fire, Lakewood Police and Colorado Bureau of Investigations search the apartment, where a fire started and destroyed at least four units.
The fire started at the SunPointe at Lakewood Estates Condominiums just after 8 p.m. Friday. When fire fighters arrived the blaze was coming from the third floor unit in the 5700 block of West Atlantic Place. Home video shot by a man who lives in the complex showed flames engulfing the entire unit and stairwell in seconds. You can see a man lying on the ground near the building. Witnesses told 7NEWS the man jumped from the window of the third floor.
Saturday, police tape and chain-link fence surround the building. On the back side of the building, police tape surrounds a garage with a Jeep and Buick inside. A Lakewood officer was seen sitting outside the garage the entire day.
Several neighbors stopped to look at the damage and talk with investigators. Karla Madera lives in the apartment behind the one that caught fire. She was home with her seven-week-old daughter last night.
"I all of the sudden started hearing screams and I couldn't really make out what they were saying. I heard a man start screaming fire," Madera said. "I grabbed my bag, my purse, my baby, some shoes. I was barefoot, I just ran out barefoot...it was terrifying."
In the late afternoon, Colorado Bureau of Investigations arrived on scene. Investigators were seen with a dog going through the third floor. Another investigator was taking pictures inside the unit and along the stairwell.
West Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle French confirmed six apartments are still blocked. Two of the units were destroyed, another four have smoke and water damage. 18 other units were allowed to return Friday night and Saturday morning.
Lakewood Police told 7NEWS as of the time this was written, they had not arrested anyone.
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