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Residents left reeling from deadly Westminster apartment fire

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- On July 22, building E at the Westberry apartment complex in Westminster was burning fast and out of control.

When the fire was put out, two people were dead and 14 were injured.

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Westminster Police Department and the Westminster Fire Department classified the fire as arson and the two deaths as homicides.

The news did not come as a surprise to resident John Wilson. He helped some of the victims get out during the fire that night.

“It’s a shock, but at the same time, how fast the building went up, it’s what the whole complex was speculating," he said. "You know, people were talking that they thought it went up too fast.“

As of noon Tuesday, personal property was released to the management of the complex.

Eventually, it will go back to the residents.

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