An explosion at an Aurora, Colorado, apartment building Saturday forced a huge selection of visitors to flee their homes and left three people injured, in accordance with authorities.
The explosion occurred at the building on East Alameda Avenue on Saturday morning, once the Aurora Fire Rescue arrived after reports of smoke from the building, the fire department said on Twitter. Upon arrival, the crew “began looking for hazards when an explosion occurred,” the department said in the Twitter post.
The three individuals who suffered non-life-threatening injuries were transported to local hospitals following the blast, in accordance with a spokesperson for the fire department, who added that the reason for the explosion remains under investigation.
Between 300 and 400 residents of the building that is referred to as Parkside Collective and managed by Holland Residential were evacuated and along the way to be relocated to a shelter by using the Red Cross, a post from the fire department said on Saturday afternoon, adding that “longterm accommodations will undoubtedly be coordinated through @RedCross predicated on need.”
Holland Residential didn’t immediately react to inquiries from NBC News.
Photos the fire department posted to Twitter on Saturday show the building with a gaping hole and debris scattered on the pavement below.
Many residents were not able to retrieve their belongings, so when of Sunday, it remained unclear when any residents could go back to the building, Sentinel Colorado reported.
Residents of the building told KUSA they heard odd noises before the explosion, and saw white smoke and felt the bottom shaking at that time it occurred.
“The bottom began to shake below the apartment building at that time we made a decision to make our way outside, resident Samuel Levy told KUSA. We walked outside, we noticed some steam appearing out of the concrete to arrive through the separation in the concrete.
During the explosion, all of the debris just fell off,” resident Joe Bham told KUSA. “It had been just crazy.