Thornton community helps families displaced by 3-alarm fire ahead of vacation – CBS Denver
THORNTON, Colorado (CBS4) – Christmas ornaments and lights still hang outside the Columbine Circle homes in Thornton. The houses were damaged by a large fire on Friday evening.
“I’m really sad,” said Todd Fields, a neighbor. “I feel bad for the family, it’s just… it’s heartbreaking to see.”
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The 3-alarm fire occurred in the community of Signal Creek. It started in one house and quickly spread to two more, leaving two of them completely destroyed. Sabrina Iacovetta, spokeswoman for the Thornton Fire Department, said dozens of fire trucks were dispatched to the scene. At least 13 people have been displaced.
“This is probably one of the biggest fires we’ve had in town,” Iacovetta said.
9-year-old Ashlyn Gress was outside damaged homes on Friday handing out water bottles to first responders.
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“Who knows, they might need it. They might need water. They might not have water, ”Gress said.
On Saturday morning, crews began digging through the rubble to find out how the fire started. Currently, the cause of the fire is unknown.
“We can say it’s not intentional at the moment, but it’s still under investigation,” Iacovetta said. “Due to the size of this fire, our investigators must go through all the different debris to find the origins of this fire. “
Families who have lost their homes are now staying with relatives. The American Red Cross also provides services to them. The Signal Creek community sends love and support to families affected by the fire as it is a tragedy that can happen to anyone.
“I know the neighborhood Facebook page was posted to get gift cards and things for families. We have a tight-knit community here in Signal Creek, ”said Fields. “I just pray that they are okay and that they can get through the holidays and have everything they need.”
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Although no one was injured in the blaze, two dogs have died and firefighters continue to search for a cat. The Thornton Fire Department would like to stress the importance of fire safety as the holiday season approaches, as the kitchen is the number one cause of fires in homes.