3 hospitalized, 3 questioned after Thornton apartment fire started by fireworks

THORNTON, Colo. — Three people were taken to a hospital and three suspects were questioned after a fire broke out in an apartment building that was started by fireworks late Monday night, the Thornton Fire Department said.

The fire started about 10 p.m. on Monday at the Viewpoint Condominiums in the 10200 block of Ura Lane.

When fire crews arrived, they said they saw flames extending from the first floor up to the third floor of building 9.

All 15 units in the building were damaged, leaving them uninhabitable.

Three people were taken to a hospital. Two were released on Monday night and one was held for observation.

The fire started outside the building in some shrubs. Witnesses said they saw three people shooting off fireworks and some of them landed in the bushes next to the building.

Three juvenile suspects ages 12 to 14 were questioned. Fire officials would not confirm if they were in custody.

“We saw the fireworks going off,” resident Jared Reeb said. “All of a sudden, we saw fire going off in the bush. I automatically ran and punched out the glass for the extinguisher. And it wasn’t enough. It just kept going and going.

“It’s not worth it screwing around with fireworks. We can all pay for it, not just one person. We could all pay for it. Hopefully, everybody learns from this mistake.”

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