Fire displaces residents of Blake Ave. apartment building |

Fire displaces residents of Blake Ave. apartment building

Randy Essex
The ground-floor garage area of the apartment building at 730 Blake Ave. was damaged extensively in a fire early Saturday.
Glenwood Springs Fire Department |

A “significant structure fire” early Saturday displaced the residents of a 10-unit apartment building at 730 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said.

No one was injured.

Tillotson said the fire began in the ground-floor parking area just before 2 a.m. Firefighters were able to contain the flames to that area, but all 10 apartments in the building suffered substantial smoke damage, he said.

Residents “are out of their apartments and will be for some time,” Tillotson said.

The Red Cross placed seven residents who were on the scene at the Ramada Inn for the time being.

Tillotson said the cause of the blaze is unknown and under investigation.

A news release said that when firefighters arrived, they found “heavy fire in the downstairs garage area of the building. Firefighters found that some residents had self-evacuated, and firefighters alerted other residents and assisted in evacuating them.”

All of the apartments are rented, the news release said. “The apartments extend above the heavily involved garage fire, and that was the greatest risk to human safety,” the news release said.

The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes, and firefighters worked for two hours to ensure the fire was fully out. At 6:30 a.m., firefighters were conducting mop up operations. Crews are doing some ventilation to clear smoke from the rooms, the news release said.

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