AVON, Colo. (CBS4)– A massive fire that devastated a condominium complex in Avon over the weekend may impact several people for months as they struggle to find alternate housing.READ MORE: Animal Rights Lawyer Jennifer Emmi Accepts Plea Bargain In Murder-For-Hire Case
The fire broke out at the Beaver Bench Condominium Complex on West Beaver Creek Boulevard in Avon about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
When fire crews arrived, they found smoke and flames visible from the ground floor unit in Building A.
All residents and pets escaped unharmed except for one patient who was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. About 15 residents and several pets have been displaced and being assisted by the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Now, the entire community is rallying to help those displaced by the fire to get back on their feet.
“I grabbed my daughter and we just ran out… I didn’t have shoes or anything. We ran over here, the neighbors were backing up their vehicles to get away from the fire,” victim Shannon Trujillo told CBS4’s Matt Kroschel on Tuesday.
Trujillo, along with her neighbors, have been barred from getting back into the condo unit until a structural engineer can inspect the entire building for damage.
At least six units have been declared uninhabitable and the other 12 units in the building will be re-evaluated once the investigation is complete.READ MORE: Illegal Street Racing In Aurora: Cars Can Be Impounded For Up To A Year
Resident John Brenner was already dealing with a painful and expensive knee replacement rehab before the fire. Now his situation is that much more complicated.
“Kind of a poor boy in a rich town, it’s really tough,” Brenner said.
With winter quickly approaching and affordable housing already in short supply, it’s a problem that will take a community coming together.
“I have been treated with dignity, respect and compassion,” said another fire victim Kathy Ryan.
Ryan is just happy firefighters were able to kick down her door and rescue her two dogs from the thick smoke.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
At the Avon Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, supporters will set up a booth for donations to help the condo residents get back on their feet.MORE NEWS: Missing Hiker: Gilpin County Sheriff's Deputies Searching For Harold Taylor