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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.

RAW VIDEO: SKYFOX shows firefighters battling condo fire

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.

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3 comments

  • Darienne Hansen

    I KNOW THIS INFORMATION FIRST HAND I SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES, THE FIRE AT THE APARTMENTS IS WORSE THAN WHAT YOU WILL HEAR I DROVE DOWN CORONA BEFORE THEY BLOCKED THE ROADS AND B4 THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EVEN GOT THERE. THE BLAZE WAS BURNING MY FACE BAD THROUGH MY WINDOW. IT WAS SOOO HOT JUST DRIVING ON THE STREET IMAGINE BEING IN IT.. ADULTS AND CHILDREN WERE BREAKING WINDOWS AND JUMPING OUT ON FIRE! ROLLING ON THE STREET,THEY WERE BURNING ALIVE!!! I CAN STILL HEAR THE LOUD TRAUMATIZING SCREAMS AND CRIES FOR HELP. IT WAS HORRIBLE IT TOOK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT LIKE 8 to 10 MINUTES TO GET THERE. THATS A LONG TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING EVERYONE PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THE FAMILYS THAT WERE INJURED! BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT HEAR ABOUT IT THE COPS WERE SAYING NO COMMENT TO ALL THE REPORTERS. IM BROKEN OVER THIS SOME PEOPLE HAD THE NERVE TO VIDEO TAPE EVERYTHING WITH LAUGHS IF THEY ONLY KNEW THE REAL HORRORS BEHIND THE LIES THAT ARE BEING TOLD TO YOU AS YOU WATCH THE NEWS TONIGHT!

    • Vincent Mineault

      i was watching the raw video from Skyfox, to my point of seeing it, you only could see the fire in the middle, but the middle is outside with the roof on it, i thinking that someone could set the fire in the middle, and the only fire department i see on the beginning of the raw video was fire rescue ambulance,

  • Ann Pirie

    Police officers are to always say “no comment.” It is so that no incorrect information is given out and only one source representing the department speaks.

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