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EDGEWATER, Colo. -- One unit was destroyed and five others were damaged in an apartment fire in Edgewater on Monday, West Metro Fire Rescue said.

The fire at the Terra Village Apartments in the 2800 block of North Harlan Street started in a ground-floor apartment around 6:30 p.m. and smoke spread through the building, officials said.

Twenty residents were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is assisting those who were displaced.

Firefighters had to rescue several pets from inside and two people were treated for minor injures.  Neighbors say its luckily the building is concrete or the fire would have spread a lot quicker and done a lot more damage.

One family returned to the complex Tuesday to salvage what they could but says they don’t know when they will be allowed to return because of the extent of the damage from the smoke and flames.

“The lady below us don’t even know how. She said she was cutting cake and cutting fruit. She said she wasn’t even cooking nothing,” said Miranda Archuleta, who lives above the unit where the fire started and is now staying in a hotel.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.