Adams County Duplex Fire
At approximately 17:44 on April 19th 2018, Adams County Fire Rescue was dispatched to the 1800 block of Nueva Vista Dr. when a passerby called 9-1-1 to report a structure fire. The first unit arrived at 17:48 p.m. and saw a duplex structure with smoke and flames coming from the front of the building. Firefighters began to simultaneously fight the fire and look for people inside.
Because the residents of the duplex were not home, firefighters continued to fight the fire. Crews knocked down the fire at approximately 17:58 p.m. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one bedroom, approximately 10% of the duplex, saving the homeowner approximately $255,000. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.
There were no injuries to firefighters. A total of six units and 23 firefighters from Adams County Fire Rescue responded to the incident. Federal Heights Fire Department, North Metro Fire Rescue District and Thornton Fire Department assisted with an additional three units and 6 firefighters. Adams County Sheriff, Adams County Building Inspections and the American Red Cross also assisted with the incident.
The duplex did not have working smoke alarms. Adams County Fire Rescue would like to remind the public that in less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and begin filling a home with thick, black, poisonous smoke. In just a few minutes, a home can become completely engulfed with flames. With the advance notice of a working smoke alarm, residents can escape with their lives. Story and Information provided by ACFR PIO, Carlos A. Briano.