ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A high school senior’s graduation cap and gown burned on Thursday afternoon when the condominium she lived in caught fire.
The fire broke out inside the complex at 8199 Welby Road in unincorporated Adams County just after 1 p.m. Thursday. The entire building was evacuated as a precaution. Residents in units that were not affected have been allowed to return home.READ MORE: Animal Rights Lawyer Jennifer Emmi Accepts Plea Bargain In Murder-For-Hire Case
Mariah Gonzalez, 17, will graduate from Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts on Saturday. She said she came home to find thick smoke in an upstairs bedroom.
Julie Sedilo, an Adams County Sheriff’s deputy who responded to the fire heard what happened to Gonzalez and worked with her partner and Mapleton Skyview Campus to help the teen who said she has been forced to move four times in the last few months.
“She had worked hard and was really looking forward to graduation this weekend. I was a child once and I moved all over the place, so I kind of felt her pain,” said Sedilo.READ MORE: Illegal Street Racing In Aurora: Cars Can Be Impounded For Up To A Year
“They have another gown for me, they have another cap for me and so it’s something that has been restored, especially with an event like graduation,” said Gonzalez.
There were no injuries but everything inside Gonzalez’s room was destroyed.
Adams County Fire told CBS4 two units were damaged by the fire, one appears to be a complete loss.MORE NEWS: Missing Hiker: Gilpin County Sheriff's Deputies Searching For Harold Taylor
What caused the fire is under investigation.