Firefighter hurt in 3-alarm fire at high rise

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A person smoking in bed while on oxygen is being blamed for starting a three-alarm fire at a high-rise apartment building in Lakewood on Monday that injured several people and forced dozens to be evacuated.

Video from AIRTRACKER7 showed flames and smoke coming from a sixth floor apartment window.

The fire at the 13-story Ridgemoor Apartments, at 693 Urban Court, was first reported at 6:17 a.m. The building is near 6th Avenue and Simms Street.

Firefighters used multiple ladder trucks to access the apartments.

Dozens of people were evacuated.

Twelve people asked for medical attention, according to West Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle French.

French said four of those residents were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

French said one firefighter was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and was released soon after.

The damage was contained to one floor of the building. As of 9:50 a.m., West Metro Fire said all residents have returned to the building except for those who live in the nine units on the sixth floor due to extensive smoke damage.

The unit involved in the fire has fire, smoke and soot damage, officials said.

West Metro Fire said it upgraded the fire to a three-alarm fire because of the size of the building and the number of people inside.

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