THORNTON, Colo. -- Fire destroyed two condominium buildings in Adams County Tuesday afternoon in a blaze that created a large plume of smoke that was visible across the metro area.
The 3-alarm fire started in a building at the Corona Village Condominiums near E. 88th Avenue and Corona Street around 1:30 p.m.
Tall flames from the fire could be seen by SKYFOX, which happened to be flying nearby after a smaller fire was reported in Aurora.
The fire destroyed one building, which had 12 units inside, firefighters said. It spread and destoyed an adjacent building that also had 12 units in it. Twenty-four families were left homeless.
No residents were injured and firefighters evacuated nearby buildings as a precaution. One firefighter was hurt battling the fire, but his injury was not severe enough for him to go to the hospital, officials said.
The Red Cross said they opened an evacuation center at Thornton High School and volunteers helped find shelter for displaced families. The shelter was closed late Tuesday night.
Firefighters used ladders and multiple trucks to arch water over the three story buildings and onto the fire. They declared the fire under control around 4 p.m.
At one point flames could be seen thrusting out skylights, windows and doors of the the building. Grass near the building was also charred.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.