AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters battling a fire on Alameda in Aurora on Monday morning had to rescue three people using ladders.

The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. at the Wentworth Apartments located on the 11,000 block of East Alameda Avenue and the flames spread quickly.

Several families live in the building.

“I couldn’t breathe so I went back up and I saw the fire starting to come up, so I kind of put my shirt over my nose and just jumped and fell off the stairs,” fire victim Gorgorios Shiferaw said. “I couldn’t breathe when I got out.”

Firefighters told CBS4 the fire started on a ground level and spread to the two levels above it and into the attic. The cause is under investigation.

“The hallway was charged with smoke, they could not exit their apartment. Our fire crews advised them to close the sliding glass door behind them to give them more time and fresh air,” Cpt. Allen Robnett said. “We were able to affect a rescue via ladder.”

Robnett said firefighters were able to quickly reach the fire by going on the offensive and entering the building.

Nobody was hurt.

Three units were damaged. Cost is estimated at $250,000.


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