Poudre 3rd Alarm Apartment Fire
Fort Collins Apartment Fire
At 05:14 on May 20th, 2015 Poudre Fire Authority responded to apartment fire in the 1700 block of Welch St. in Fort Collins at the Brookview Apartments. Engine 3 arrived to a two story apartment building with large flames and dark smoke with partial evacuation of the apartment building. A second alarm was immediately called due to a rapidly growing fire. Engine 3 engaged in fire suppression while additional resources engaged in complete evacuation of the building. At approximately 05:28 a third alarm was ordered due to fire extension in the attic and need for additional resources. An aggressive interior and exterior fire attack along with fire walls prevented further extension within the building and to adjoining buildings. The complex sustained a large collapse of the roof approximately 20 minutes into the operation. Severe water, smoke, and fire damage was limited to 6 units. American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist 24 citizens displaced. Agencies will be providing short term shelter, food, and clothing needs for the 13 displaced long term and 11 short term. One civilian reported a minor injury and was later treated at an urgent care facility. Two firefighters reported minor injuries. One uninjured dog was rescued and was being cared for by the Humane Society. Investigators are working to determine an origin and cause. No further information is available. Additional information provided by Poudre Fire Authority.
Assisting Agencies: ATF Response Team, City of Fort Collins Light & Power, Fort Collins Police Department, Fort Collins 911 & University of Colorado Health Paramedics (UCH)