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Fire burns at Westminster apartment complex; Federal Blvd. closed in area

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 21:25:16-04

DENVER – A fire at an apartment complex in Westminster shut down Federal Boulevard for several hours Friday afternoon, though northbound lanes reopened by 4:35 p.m.

The fire was reported to be under control by 3:30 p.m., but crews were working on extinguishing hot spots, the Westminster Fire Department said.

By just before 4 p.m., Westminster Fire said the building suffered heavy damage but said there were no reported injuries. The fire department said the cause of the fire is currently unknown and that crews would be at the scene for several more hours.

No injuries were reported after a search of the building.

Southbound Federal Blvd. reopened between 92nd and 90th avenues by 7:15 p.m.

The fire was reported around 2:20 p.m. at the Park Place at 92nd Apartments. More than 20 fire units responded to the scene. Westminster Fire said all three stories of the building involved had burned.

There was a reported, but unconfirmed, explosion on the first floor, the city of Westminster said.

Westminster said there were 24 apartments in the building, which is now thought to be uninhabitable because of the damage.

Video from the scene showed a large hole burned out of the roof of one of the buildings.

Westminster police said the closure of Federal Boulevard would continue into rush hour traffic.