A fire that broke out on the first floor of an apartment building near downtown Denver early Monday morning forced the evacuation of dozens but did not cause any injuries.
The blaze broke out about 2 a.m. near the intersection of Downing Street and 22nd Avenue at the Shorter Arms Apartment Complex.
The fire was contained to the first floor apartment where it started.
“The fire being on the first floor, it kind of blocked some exits,” said Mark Watson, a fire department spokesman.
Three people were evacuated from the building using ladders.
Watson said everyone evacuated, except from the apartment where the fire began, was allowed back into the building. Smoke damaged some apartments and hallways, he said.
“Investigators are still working on their report,” Watson said, adding that a cause has not yet been determined.