AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators are trying to determine what caused a two alarm apartment fire in Aurora that started early Saturday morning.

The entire 18 unit apartment building was evacuated with 21 people being relocated by the Red Cross.

Investigators said the blaze began in one of the top units but the heavy smoke forced the rest of the building out.

Dan Teeny lives in unit across the parking lot and said the flames and the fire trucks woke him around 5 a.m.

“We saw smoke well over the building and we saw just the peaks of the flames from the balconies,” said Teeny.

“It’s scary that someone can just be sleeping inside their home and have fire outside,” said a neighbor.

Neighbors said it isn’t the first fire to happen at the complex. It’s the second since September.

Witnesses say they saw someone throwing firecrackers at the unit where the fire began but investigators have not confirmed if the fire was arson or not.

“I’ve never been this close to a fire in my life. I’ve never seen anything this bad,” said Teeny.

Firefighters were able to knock back the flames quickly.

No one was injured in the blaze.


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