DENVER (CBS4)– A two-alarm fire at a vacant nightclub in Denver sent plumes of black smoke over the metro area on Friday afternoon.

The fire engulfed the nightclub, formerly known as the “Deadbeat Club” at Evans and Colorado. All lanes of Evans between Colorado and Birch were closed while firefighters battled the blaze.

Copter4 flew over an abandoned nightclub at Evans and Colorado on Friday (credit: CBS)

Copter4 flew over an abandoned nightclub at Evans and Colorado on Friday (credit: CBS)

“The flames burst out,” Matthew Middleton, a witness of the fire, said. “Even across the street you could feel the heat. It was that hot. That’s how much fire there was.”

Copter4 flew over the fire which sent up huge plumes of black smoke over Interstate 25. It was categorized as a two-alarm fire at 4:45 p.m. Friday. The flames were finally extinguished about an hour later.

“It was terrifying,” witness Christina Mergo said. “I have actually never seen a fire before.”

Mergo used her cellphone to capture video of the intense fire and smoke. She said as scary as it was, she enjoyed seeing firefighters in action.
“They do a really good job,” Mergo said. “It’s really cool to see how they work.”

Denver Fire Department sent 13 crews to work the fire. The building was vacant and no one was injured.

What caused the fire is being investigated.

Copter4 flew over an abandoned nightclub at Evans and Colorado on Friday (credit: CBS)

Copter4 flew over an abandoned nightclub at Evans and Colorado on Friday (credit: CBS)

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