Colorado apartment explosion leaves hundreds displaced

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Firefighters were called Saturday morning to an apartment complex in Aurora, Colorado due to smoke in the building when an explosion occurred, injuring three people and temporarily displacing hundreds more.

Photos released by Aurora Fire Rescue showed a gaping hole on the fourth floor of the building and debris on the street.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but residents said smoke and strange smells preceded it.

“I’m starting to feel something, I’m starting to see a little [wisps] smoke rising,” Phillip Oransky, a resident of the building, told Fox 31 Denver.

“I wonder what the safe distance is to watch a fire, next thing I know I just hear a bang. I see debris flying, there are people lined up against the Cheba hut there “Down. The first thing I can think of is: not the safe distance.”

The American Red Cross is coordinating temporary shelter for 300 to 400 residents who have been displaced as Aurora Fire Rescue investigates the cause of the explosion.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
Aurora Fires Rescue

Two of the injured victims were designated as “green patients,” meaning they did not sustain serious injuries, while the third victim was transported to Aurora Medical Center, according to Fox 31 Denver.

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