3-alarm fire breaks out at Denver construction site

3-alarm fire breaks out at Denver construction site”

The flames spread so quickly that workers were reportedly jumping from the second and third stories.

A body has been found in the smoldering debris of a major fire at a construction site near downtown Denver Wednesday afternoon that sent a plume of smoke 200 feet into the air and was so hot that it demolished 40 cars.

Sky9 over construction site fire. A firefighter also suffered burn injuries.

The fire started shortly after noon while workers were still inside. "They weren't next to the building but they were close enough to the building that the heat continued to build up to the point that they caught fire".

A neighboring building was also damaged by fire.

An estimate of just how much damage was caused will be tallied once the investigation is complete.

Witnesses at the scene have reported hearing explosions, and Denver Fire Department spokesman Greg Pixley told Denverite there were reports that some construction workers jumped from the building.

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Flames were seen shooting from the building located at 1833 Emerson for several minutes.

More than 100 firefighters ultimately responded. It was supposed to become the Emerson Place Apartments, which would have been five stories with 85 units, according to the Denver Planning Commission.

Thick black smoke poured into the Denver skyline and flames could be seen blocks away.

A huge fire near the intersection of 18th Avenue and Emerson Street can be seen from the Highland neighborhood, March 7, 2018.

About four people needed to be treated for smoke inhalation.

1 person is unaccounted for, which is down from two; investigators aren't sure if the missing person was hurt, or if they walked away from the scene.

As of the 1:30 p.m. briefing, Pixley could not say when the construction site was last inspected, but said "there's a comprehensive collaboration between the building department and the fire department anytime we have this type of project going". "We won't have the answers today or tomorrow, but we will have them". The fire department can not know this for sure until the investigation is complete.

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