DENVER (CBS4) – Firefighters put out a three-alarm fire at a Denver high rise Sunday morning.

The fire happened just before 9 a.m. at 18th and Stout Street. Denver firefighters arrived at the building and found heavy smoke and flames on the third and fourth floors.

The building is mostly made up of office space and was unoccupied at the time. Even so, firefighters wanted to get the fire under control quickly.

“The voids cause difficulty in getting the fire out just because you don’t know which way it’s traveling,” Denver Fire spokesman Mark Watson said. “The voids in this particular space went up and also vertical. So not only did you have the fire, which is initially right in front of you, but due to the nature of this building it could spread really quickly due to that void space.”

Some of the businesses suffered smoke and water damage but nobody was hurt.

Fire investigators haven’t determined an exact cause of the fire, but it’s believed to be accidental.


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