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Building In Glendale Erupts In Flames

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GLENDALE, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters are investigating a three alarm fire in Glendale.

The flames could be seen from Evergreen all the way to Castle Rock.

An under construction, five story apartment building was reduced to charred rubble.

“I was really scared, actually,” said a witness.

Around 1 a.m. on Sunday the construction project was engulfed in flames, shutting down the street.

“Huge it was like an inferno, 40 or 50 feet in the air,” said a witness.

More than two dozen fire fighting units were called out to fight the blaze. That’s a large portion of the entire city’s units.

“I came outside to walk my dog and there was just flames everywhere,” said witness Jessica Handelman who lives next door.

Handelman lives next door and shot video of the flames as she was told to get to safety.

“We got evacuated. The alarm was sounding for hours,” said Handelman.

Witnesses say they’re thankful it wasn’t windy as the flames were so high, it could have been a lot worse.

“I think if it was windy then all the structures in the surrounding area would have been gone,” said Handelman.

The fire was out within hours. Sparks did catch nearby roofs on fire, but crews doused them before they caused any serious damage.

The same can’t be said for the original building.

“Thank God no one lived there,” said Handelman.

Investigators are getting help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in their efforts to determine the cause of the fire. There were no injuries.

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