2-alarm fire damages 6 townhomes in southeast Denver

DENVER -- A fire damaged or destroyed at least six townhomes in southeast Denver on Wednesday evening, the Denver Fire Department said.

Fire crews from Denver, South Metro Fire Rescue and Aurora battled the two-alarm blaze near South Parker Road and East Florida Avenue.

One firefighter rolled his ankle while on scene. He’s expected to fully recover. There were no other injuries, according to authorities.

At least two cats were reported missing.

Firefighters said strong winds made fighting the fire difficult.

“I looked out the upstairs window, and I looked down, and the fence from next-door was on fire and the flames were shooting up,” Linda Gunnison said.

Gunnison’s home was damaged. She said she called 911 and tried to help.

“I grabbed the small fire extinguisher out of the bedroom thinking somehow I was going to fix it,” Gunnison said.

Firefighters were able to salvage World War II medals awarded to Gunnison’s mother who served as a flight nurse. Gunnison’s pets could not be found.

“I ran back inside because we have two cats that are still there,” she said.

Later, Gunnison said the cats were located and they're alive.

Reports of a propane tank malfunction could be the cause to the fire, but investigators say it’s too early to know that for sure.

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