Aurora Apartment Fire Kills 2, Injures 15; Building Less Than A Block Away From Shooting Suspect James Holmes’ Apartment (VIDEO)
Two people are dead and 15 injured after a fire broke out in an Aurora apartment building late Monday night. The apartment is directly across from the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and less than a block away from suspected shooter James Holmes’ apartment.
Firefighters are investigating reports from witnesses who say they saw a man runПing from the four-story Fitz Apartments carrying what they thought appeared to be a fuel canister, according to 7News
Although the apartment fire occurred in close proximity to Holmes’ apartment and his former school, officials are saying there is no connection, 9News reports .
When fire crews arrived around 11 p.m. flames were reportedly higher than the rooftop of the building, Capt. Allen Robnett of the Aurora Fire Department told The Denver Post .
Several residents were trapped on the upper floors of the building and a number of people jumped from their apartment windows to escape the flames, according to Fox31. The two people that died were on the fourth floor of the building.
«We had numerous people at the windows, or hanging out of the windows,» Capt. Robnett told CBS4. «It was as intense as it gets.»
The Associated Press reports that injuries to the 15 survivors of the fire ranged from «light to moderate.»
Crews are still trying to determine what caused the fire.
Watch dramatic video from the scene of the fire, above.