AURORA, Colo. — Aurora Fire Rescue confirmed that a deadly fire at an apartment complex in late October was the result of arson.
One person died in the fire and more than 60 people were displaced. The two-alarm fire broke out at the Galena Apartments, at 1600 Galena St., in the early morning hours of Oct. 30. The fire was under control around 12:27 a.m., Aurora Fire Rescue said.
Firefighters had to rescue several people, and others jumped from windows to escape the blaze.
Residents of an Aurora apt complex spent the morning frantically removing belongings from their units after an overnight fire had residents jumping from windows and left one person dead. Management allowed them in for a finite amount of time, they raced to remove what they could. pic.twitter.com/u6DkQ9N6pv— James Dougherty (@DoughertyKMGH) October 30, 2020
Police announced that afternoon they were searching for a person of interest in connection to the fire. Aurora Fire Rescue released screengrabs of surveillance video that same day asking for help in locating a person of interest in connection with the fire.
Update:— Aurora Fire Rescue (@AuroraFireDpt) October 30, 2020
We are looking for assistance in identifying a person of interest in this incident. If you have information please contact: Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at
720-913-STOP (7867) pic.twitter.com/xXRvzS9nWh
On Tuesday morning, Aurora Fire Rescue officially confirmed the fire was a result of arson and the resulting death was being investigated as a homicide. They also released the surveillance video of the person of interest.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. There is a $5,000 reward for information.