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More than a dozen displaced after fire in Aurora

10:39 PM, Feb 22, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA- A fire at an Aurora apartment complex displaced a more than dozen people and one pet.

The owner of the Laredo House Apartments on East 17th Place says fire broke out in one of the buildings around 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Boyd Merriman lives on the third floor of the complex.

"Smoke went up there really, really fast," Merriman said. "Disbelief at first, but as soon I saw what was out in the hallway, we just grabbed ourselves and ran out the door. Anything of importance outside of that is still up there."

Greg Draper owns the complex. 

"What matters most is that everyone is accounted for, especially our elderly and the children," Draper said. "We're here to see this through and make sure that everybody has a warm place to stay this evening and we'll make the appropriate arrangements."

The American Red Cross provided 3 hotel rooms for 10 people and one dog. Others are staying with family or friends.

The Red Cross typically provides for essential immediate needs such as housing for the night, food, blankets, comfort kits, clothing and help refilling medications destroyed by the fire. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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