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5 units in Wheat Ridge apartment building uninhabitable after fire

The cause was under investigation in the basement fire that forced out residents early Wednesday morning.

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — An early morning basement fire in a Wheat Ridge apartment building left five units uninhabitable, according to West Metro Fire Rescue (WMFR).

WMFR and the Arvada Fire Protection District responded to the apartment building Wednesday morning in the 4600 block of Otis Street in Wheat Ridge, WMFR said in a tweet. That is west of Lake Rhonda in Wheat Ridge.

When fire crews arrived on scene, they observed heavy black smoke in the area, according to WMFR.

Residents of the building were able to get out, and adjoining buildings were evacuated due to the heavy smoke, WMFR tweeted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire, which started in an area next to a basement laundry room, damaged two apartments. Other basement units had water damage, and there was smoke damage to a significant portion of the building.

In total, five units were left uninhabitable, and the Red Cross was on scene assisting residents, WMFR said.

Two residents were evaluated for smoke inhalation but not taken to a hospital, WMFR said.

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