AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Five people in Aurora are displaced from two neighboring homes after a fire that was sparked by fireworks heavily damaged the buildings on Tuesday.

The emergency call came in just after 6 p.m. on the 2500 block of South Carson Way. Images shared by a witness showed thick smoke pouring from the scene.

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“It was started by illegal use of fireworks,” Aurora Fire Rescue Lt. Tony Krenz told CBS4.

“There’s going to be a fine. There’s a criminal investigation going on right now and it could be an arson.”

Krenz said the fire started in between the two homes. The fire then spread to both buildings.

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“It’s a lot of damage,” Krenz said.

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Four people in one of the homes and one person in the other were being assisted by the American Red Cross after they were told they couldn’t return to the houses tonight.

One person was taken to the hospital in the fire and their condition is unknown.

Krenz reminded everyone that any use of fireworks is illegal in Aurora.

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“It if takes a match of any kind, a sparkler or any kind of firecracker, any kind of fireworks are illegal,” he said.