Large fire at residential construction site in Glendale could be seen for miles

GLENDALE, Colo. - A large fire at a residential complex being constructed in Glendale lit up the sky enough for 7NEWS viewers to see the fire from miles away.

"It looked like the Fourth of July," said Wade Hansen, who lives in the apartment complex across the street. "The sky was filled with embers falling down on the sidewalk."

The Denver Fire Department responded to the massive fire on South Dexter Street and Kentucky Avenue in Glendale around 11:40 p.m. Saturday. 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger was on scene and could hear the wood exploding from the partially constructed building.

Firefighters could be seen spraying water on the roof of nearby occupied apartments.

As many as 100 residents from neighboring apartments to the east and south of the fire were evacuated as a precaution.  Neighboring apartments had exterior damage because of the extreme heat, according to Denver Fire officials.

"You could feel the heat from inside here," said Linsette Hawkins, who rushed to wake up her sleeping granddaughter and get out. "I'm thankful our place didn't burn, but more thankful for us, that we weren't hurt."

No injuries were reported.  Firefighters, along with fire investigators, remained at the scene through the morning on Sunday and continued to investigate Monday morning.

Agents with the ATF are also assisting in the investigation because they have jurisdiction for criminal cases in the area, fire officials said.

"We always investigate fires as suspicious, until we rule out arson," said Division Chief Joseph Gonzales with Denver Fire.

At least eight cars -- in the parking lot across the four-lane street from the blaze -- were damaged. Their headlights and front hoods melted from the heat of the fire.

The site of the fire is an apartment or condo complex under construction in an old parking lot next to Infinity Park in Glendale.

The flames were large and so high, the fire could be seen for miles. Denver Fire said it sent 23 fire trucks to the scene.

On the way to the large construction site fire, Zelinger reported that he saw a truck on fire behind the Waterway Detail Center on the north side of the Cherry Creek Trail near Colorado Boulevard and Cherry Creek Drive North. Glendale Police did not know if the truck fire was related to the construction fire.


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