BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Several people are looking for somewhere else to stay after a large apartment fire in Boulder.

It started around 3 a.m. on Saturday at an apartment complex on Springdale Lane.

Neighbors said all they could do was watch as flames engulfed the apartment building.

“It was pretty scary. Pretty intense, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fire so big or get so big so quickly,” said neighbor Jason Englander.

Video shot by a neighbor shows dozens of fire crews working to get the flames under control while residents rush to get their belongings out of the fire’s path.

(credit: Boulder Police)

(credit: Boulder Police)

Englander lives nearby and says he had a front row seat to the entire incident.

“The flames were coming out of the building through the roof the roof was kind of caved in and they were starting to go on to the building next to it,” said Englander.

Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading but not before is completely destroyed at least 2 units and forced more than two dozen people from their homes.

(credit: Boulder Police)

(credit: Boulder Police)

As bad as the damage is neighbor said they know it could’ve been much worse.

“I think it’s just happy again that everyone got out because I’ve never seen a fire so big,” said Englander.

Those who didn’t have any damage to their apartments were allowed back in the building Saturday afternoon.

The Red Cross is now helping the families who lost everything.

Authorities don’t know the cause of the fire but are still investigating.


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