LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – Two fires not far apart damaged condos and townhomes in Jefferson County.
The first broke out Thursday morning at the Dakota Station Townhomes on Chatfield Avenue. A second fire broke out Thursday afternoon on South Upham Way in Littleton.
The fires were so close to one another West Metro firefighters were able to respond to the second fire quickly.
The fire at the condos located on South Upham Way covered three stories of one of the buildings and destroyed a portion of the roof.
“I just saw smoke from my patio door and I looked outside and the apartment across from me was on fire,” neighbor Diana Pemberton said.
“When firefighters got on scene they found heavy smoke and flames coming from one of the units,” Michelle French with West Metro Fire said.
“Just blazes coming out the whole length of the building,” neighbor Kathleen Traylor said.
The fire at the Dakota Station Townhomes was ruled accidental. It was caused by a propane gas smoker on a back balcony. One person suffered minor injuries in the fire. A cat was killed.
The cause of the fire on South Upham Way is still under investigation. Investigators know it started in a bush on the side of the building. Eighteen people were displaced.