Colorado apartment explosion leaves hundreds displaced

Firefighters were called to an apartment complex in Aurora, Colorado, on Saturday morning because smoke was coming from the building as an explosion occurred, injuring three people and temporarily displacing hundreds more.

Photos posted by Aurora Fire Rescue showed a gaping hole on the building’s fourth floor and debris in the street.

The cause of the explosion wasn’t immediately clear, but residents said smoke and strange smells preceded it.

“I’m starting to smell something, start seeing a little bit of it [wisps] there’s smoke going up,” Phillip Oransky, a resident of the building, told Fox 31 Denver.

“I’m wondering what the safe distance is to watch a fire, next all I hear is a bang. I see debris flying, over there people are standing at the Cheba hut. The first thing I can think of is: not the safety distance.”

The American Red Cross is coordinating temporary shelters for 300 to 400 displaced residents while Aurora Fire Rescue investigates the cause of the blast.

The cause of the Colorado explosion was not immediately clear.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
Aurora Fire Department

Two of the injured victims were labeled “green patients,” meaning they sustained no serious injuries, while the third victim was transported to Aurora Medical Center, according to Fox 31 Denver. Colorado apartment explosion leaves hundreds displaced


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