By Shawn Chitnis

DENVER (CBS4) – Firefighters say a fire in southwest Denver Friday afternoon destroyed a home that may have started because of someone cooking at the time.

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“I was in my house, I started smelling some smoke,” said Eric Edwards, a homeowner that lives next door.”Then the neighbors started yelling ‘fire, fire’ and running up and down the street ringing doorbells.”

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Crews arrived to 6420 W. Sumac Avenue around 3:10 p.m. The home is not far from Columbine High School.

Crews said the flames were so intense they had to take a defensive approach, keeping firefighters outside. They did make multiple searches inside though to make sure no one else was at home besides the person that called 911. They later determined that everyone was accounted for and no one was injured.

The house is a total loss but crews say they were able to contain the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

Firefighters remained on scene for hours, and investigators are now looking into if cooking was in fact the cause of the fire.

Shawn Chitnis reports for CBS4 News at 10 on weekends and CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. throughout the week. Email him story ideas at and connect with him on Twitter or Facebook.


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