Crews respond to fire in same building where explosion injured 9 people in August

DENVER -- A large fire broke out on Santa Fe Drive on Friday morning at the same location as an explosion injured nine people in August 2018.

The Denver Fire Department responded to the building at 4th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive just before 5 a.m. The building was abandoned and firefighters said they don't believe anybody was inside at the time of the fire.

"We will do a more thorough search once it's safe to go in there, but it's an abandoned building," said Bob Kmak with the fire department. "It's been deemed abandoned. It's unsafe to go in. So we're going to make it safe before we can go inside and look."

“It’s been kind of a bad luck corner," said Eileen Andrews, who lives nearby.

While no one is supposed to live in the building and it's not a direct threat to the public, people in the Baker neighborhood are not too fond of the burnt site.

“It’s an eyesore for sure," Andrews said.

It is unknown what caused the fire.

Northbound Santa Fe will be closed in the area as crews investigate the fire. Alternative routes are advised.

The fire was at the site of an explosion in August 2018.

Todd Norman Perkins, 56, was a handyman in the building at 386 N. Santa Fe Drive was arrested in February and faces attempted first-degree murder and first-degree arson charges in connection to the explosion.

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