NORTHGLENN, Colo. -
North Metro firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at the Regatta apartment complex on Irma Drive Wednesday morning that badly damaged a two-story apartment complex and forced eight families to relocate just before the holidays.
No one was injured.
Esperanza Robles was inside her apartment with her three children when she said she could feel heat coming from the wall and smell smoke.
"Our apartment was already filling with smoke and we could feel the heat in the kids' room," Robles said. "My son Jose said we need our shoes, so he helped me get his brother's shoes and his shoes. He grabbed diapers, we got the coats on and by then the fire department was banging on the door."
When asked if he was scared, 6-year-old Jose said, "No, my brother was." His brother Juan turned 4 on Wednesday. He was celebrating with pancakes when his family had to evacuate.
The apartment complex relocated all eight families to new units. The Red Cross provided food, clothes and furniture to some of the families. A family friend set up an account for the Robles at Wells Fargo for donations.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause.
There were six fire trucks, two medics and two battalion chiefs called to the scene, according to Stacey Mulligan with North Metro Fire Rescue District.