Residents jump to escape Denver apartment fire

Posted at 11:57 PM, Mar 27, 2016

Denver firefighters arrived on the scene of an apartment fire Sunday night to find people jumping from second and third story units.

The fire broke out around 9:15 p.m. at the Federal View Apartments on W. 26th Avenue and Federal Boulevard in Denver.

Four dozen firefighters responded to the second-alarm fire. Crews threw ladders to upper levels and rescued multiple infants, children and adults.

One woman wrote on Facebook that she was driving by when she saw the fire and heard the people screaming for help:

Oh my God talk about the right place at the right time I was on my way home from my dad's house and stopped at the 7-Eleven on 26th and federal all I remember is hearing someone yelling and s reaming save my baby someone help us and I ran like a bat out of hell to the side of the apartments and grab the blanket and pillows that they threw out of the window and I saved their baby they were holding out of the window she was like 6to7months old n then the mom and dad jumped out window the whole third floor was full of smoke and everyone was hanging out of their windows the mom hurt herself on the way jumping down so I stayed and prayed with her and the baby and the dad and the families that were there OMG my adrenaline is going and I thank God for putting me there at that time! -- Reyna Rodriguez

Denver Health Medical Center said it treated 11 people for injuries, including infants and children. One person remains in critical condition at DHMC and a second person is in critical condition at University Hoospital. By Monday afternoon, nine of the victims were released from the hospital.

As many as 20 families living on the third floor of the apartment complex are displaced.

According to Denver Fire, the fire started in the hallway of the third floor. The cause is under investigation.


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