DENVER (CBS4) – Firefighters believe an apartment fire inside a historic building in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood is suspicious after a body was discovered inside.
The fire broke out just before 2:30 a.m. at a unit above Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen at Welton Street and 26th Avenue. Firefighters arrived to a smoke-filled apartment on the second floor.
Investigators said a couple of vehicles are missing from the property. Police confirmed they are investigating the disappearance of a red Ducati motorcycle and a white Subaru station wagon.
“The individual was located inside of a closet in the second story living quarters. I’m not sure what the layout of those living quarters might be,” said Denver Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Taylor.
The apartment is located in a building owned by Cousins Properties which advertised the apartment as $1,500 a month one bedroom.
The building has been known as the Historic Arcade Building, part of the revitalization of the Five Points neighborhood. The city awarded the property owners $75,000 towards its restoration.
The fire caused substantial smoke and water damage to the apartment but Rosenberg’s located downstairs will most likely be repaired.
“We’ll absolutely reopen when we are ready and we are ready to open for business. There’s a lot of stuff to do,” said one woman associated with the restaurant who didn’t want to be identified.
The name of the person found has not been released.
Statement From Building’s Owner
“Dr. Renee King, the owner of the building is heartbroken by the tragedy and loss of life that happened early Monday morning. Dr. King was at the scene as soon as she was informed of what happened and is cooperating fully with the police and fire department while the investigation takes place.”
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