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GREELEY, Colo. (KDVR) — Three people were injured in an explosion and fire at an apartment building in Greeley early Friday morning.

The explosion and fire happened just west of downtown Greeley near 13th Avenue and 9th Street around 2:15 a.m.

Witnesses say there was a large explosion and then flames came out of the apartment, authorities report. Nearby residents were evacuated and the apartment is considered a total loss.

The fire was quickly extinguished.

According to Greeley police, two men and two women were inside the apartment when the incident happened. One man was able to escape without injury but the other man and women were transported to the hospital with severe burns and remain in serious condition, GPD says.

The Piel family lives down the alley from the explosion. They tell FOX31 they woke up to their home shaking in the middle of the night.

“I heard some screaming and at that point I went and called dispatch the police department,” neighbor Clinton Piel said, adding, “When I was dialing, I looked out the window and I could see the flames starting to come out. There was a ball of flames there was two explosions after. We’re watching it and all the sudden boom.”

Unfortunately, three families, consisting of four people and one dog were displaced by the fire and were offered assistance from the Red Cross, according to the fire department.

GPD detectives are working with investigators from the Greeley Fire Department to determine exactly what caused the fire.

Anyone who witnessed the explosion, or has information on what led up to the fire, and have not been contacted by police, please contact Detective Jerry Burroughs at 970-350-9549 or email at