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Denver Fire: No violation committed for hosting more people than capacity at mayor’s speech

DENVER -- Mayor Michael Hancock no doubt filled the room for his State of the City speech on Monday. The only question did he fill it beyond capacity?

At one point, more than 600 people were in the Hiawatha Davis Rec Center gymnasium. The space had a sign that said 457 was the maximum capacity.

"It wasn't intentional," Hancock said when asked about a possible violation.

"Is this an issue?" the mayor was asked.

"It wasn't today. Thankfully, we got through it safely people seemed to be comfortable," Hancock said.

Denver Fire Prevention chief Manuel Almagure confirmed the room was beyond capacity but said he made the decision to temporarily "up" the capacity to accommodate the mayor's event.

Almagure said that is permitted by code and can be done on a case-by-case basis.

Almagure emphasized at no point were aisles blocked or a danger posed.