Fire quickly put out in high-rise under construction in downtown Denver

DENVER — A fire in a high-rise under construction was quickly extinguished in downtown on Wednesday morning, the Denver Fire Department said.

The fire broke out before 11:30 a.m. at 1453 California St., Capt. Greg Pixley said.

Fire officials said initial reports were that the fire was small but it put out a large plume of smoke.

Several fire crews were dispatched to the fire and ladder trucks were used to help extinguish the blaze. Crews worked to put out hot spots.

Pixley said the fire was mostly contained to the seventh floor and part of the eighth. The fire was relatively small but had the potential to spread and that’s why there was such a huge response by firefighters.

Officials closed down 15th Street and urged people to avoid the area. Several people were on the streets after having been evacuated.

One construction worker suffered a smoke injury and was taken to Denver Health Medical Center.

The cause of the fire is not known.