Residents jumped from the third floor and climbed down a rope made of blankets to escape a fire Monday morning. Fire & Life Safety Educators of Colorado urges everyone to have a fire escape plan.


KUSA – Eight people were injured, including one critically, in a fire early Monday morning at the Copper Terrace Apartments at 6550 S. Dayton St., according to South Metro Fire.

Several people awoke to fire alarms and found fire blocking their path to safety. Two roommates jumped from their third floor apartment. A family used tied blankets to climb down to safety of a neighbors truck filled with mattresses.

According to The Fire and Life Safety Educators of Colorado, when a fire starts in a home, residents have less than two minutes to get out to safety. FLSE advises everyone to have a fire escape plan.

FLSE created greatcoloradofiredrill.orgto help people make a plan, which includes walking through your home, mapping escape routes and deciding a safe meeting place for everyone in the home.

FLSE will host the Great Colorado Fire Drill in October, which is fire prevention month.

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