Hoarding hinders crews battling 2-alarm fire in Wheat Ridge

Posted on: 2:52 pm, February 3, 2013, by , updated on: 05:15pm, February 3, 2013

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. – At least 20 people are temporarily out of their homes after a fire broke out late Sunday morning in a Wheat Ridge condo complex.

The two alarm fire, which completely destroyed at least two units of the Largo condo complex off of Harlan street, remains under investigation.

“It was what we classify as a hoarder’s property, there was essential fuel in there,” said Wheat Ridge Fire Chief Steven Gillespie.

Fire officials reported having difficulty reaching portions of the property because of extensive clutter in a garage below the building.

Several other units, which were not destroyed, suffered extensive smoke damage and are considered temporarily inhabitable.

The American Red Cross is helping with temporary housing and services for displaced residents.

Tune into FOX 31 Denver news at 5 p.m. for more information on this developing story.