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Arvada firefighters expect to work through Tuesday night to put out hotspots at storage facility

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Posted at 6:34 AM, Jun 04, 2024

ARVADA, Colo. — The deputy chief of the Arvada Fire Protection District expects crews will likely work through Tuesday night, into Wednesday, putting out hotspots at a storage facility that caught fire Tuesday morning.

"I would rather my stuff be okay than me get an insurance check cause that's stuff that can't be replaced," Russell Breski said, who has items in one of the storage units.

Unfortunately Arvada fire told Denver7, most of the units were affected in some way — either from the fire and smoke or from the water crews used to put out the fire.

"My son’s room is full of toys so throughout time I’ve had to tell him, 'look this will be in the storage unit and when we move into our house, then we can unpack and then you’ll have everything. Now I have to tell him that everything is gone," Breski said.

The Arvada Fire Department was dispatched to the storage facility next to Carr Street, west of Wadsworth Boulevard, just after 6:15 a.m. Tuesday. Smoke from the building fire drifted across Interstate 70, limiting visibility between Wadsworth and Kipling Street for morning commuters.

"We obviously want to make sure we're taking our steps to overhaul the building as well as try and take care of the people's contents as much as we can right now, so that's why we're kind of being gentle with what our overhaul tactics right now to try and save as much property as we can," Arvada Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Matt Osier said.

The frontage road on the north side of I-70 temporarily closed due to the fire, according to Denver7 Traffic Expert Jayson Luber.

More than 40 firefighters worked together to get the flames under control, including members of the Fairmount Fire Protection District and West Metro Fire Protection District.

Smoke from Arvada fire drifts across I-70 limiting visibility for commuters

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