CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Neighbors rushed to rescue people trapped in a burning apartment in Centennial early Monday morning, throwing sheets and blankets up to residents so they could rappel to safety.
"I yelled for some people to grab blankets. We tied a bunch of them together, and I threw them up," explained neighbor Byran Schoff. "The dad, I think, tied them off to the sliding glass door and we held the bottom tight and they started rappelling down and we caught them as they got down."
A neighbor backed a pickup truck up to the burning building and residents threw mattresses in the bed of the truck to help people who wanted to jump.
The fire broke out in building G of the Copper Terrace Apartments around 1 a.m. Monday. The complex is on south Dayton Street near Arapahoe Road.
Eight people were injured in the fire, one of them is in critical condition.
At least four units in the building were severely damaged or destroyed, according to a South Metro Fire Rescue official.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but the undersheriff says arson is being considered as a strong possibility. The fire began in a stairwell.