Aurora Fire did not say what the structural condition of the building was and that it was working with the Red Cross and the building’s property management to help displaced residents. Aurora Fire did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., Emmanuel Rosado, a resident of the building, said the building’s fire alarm system had activated. He evacuated the building and saw neighbors running outside and away from the building.
“When we came out, we saw smoke coming out of the facade of the building, and a few minutes later we saw the explosion,” Rosado said, adding that he felt shocked by what it was coming from. to be a witness.
“They say (for) at least 36 hours we’re going to be without a place to stay or nobody will enter the building,” Rosado said. He said residents have been told to come to Gateway High School in Aurora for temporary shelter.
“I don’t know what to do,” Rosado said. “We just moved here in November. We’re lucky to have friends, but other than that we don’t have family we can stay with.”
Matt Lynn, a resident of Parkside Collective whose fifth floor is on the east side of the building, was drinking coffee and reading the news when he had to evacuate. He said he didn’t hear the explosion.
“When I came down I noticed there was a pretty big emergency response on the other side of the building,” Lynn said. “So I walked around and that’s when I saw there was a big hole in the side of the building and someone on the ground was being treated for facial injuries.”
Lynn had someone pick him up because he thought residents wouldn’t be allowed into the building for a while and property management hadn’t told residents when they could return. their apartments.
“I understand that (the) Red Cross has been activated to start working with people, which leads me to believe that people may be displaced for a while,” Lynn said. “But, it would certainly be nice to hear from the property management on what we can expect in terms of when we can access our belongings and possibly return.”
Parkside Collective management could not immediately be reached for comment.
Denverite photographer and journalist Kevin Beaty contributed to this report.