A fire broke out in an apartment building, just one block from the apartment of James Holmes, accused in the shooting massacre at the Aurora movie theater.
Two people were killed and 15 others have been injured in a fire that broke out in an apartment building in Aurora, Colorado.
The apartment building is at 17th and Peoria, which is less than 100 yards from the apartment building where James Holmes lived, prior to his arrest last month in the movie theater shooting massacre.
The fire broke out on Monday night, and neighbors rushed to assist where possible. One man dropped a boy, who appeared to be around 2-years-old, from the fourth floor, who was caught by a neighbor, Oterian Scott. Scott, 25-years-old, and his friend then held an extension ladder to reach a woman on the fourth floor, presumably the child's mother, who was able to climb down safely.
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Fire in an apartment building in Aurora, Colorado killed 2.
According to firefighting officials, several people have been rescued from the upper floors of the four-story building. Capt. Allen Robnett, a spokesman for the Aurora Fire Department, said that the flames were higher than the rooftop when fire crews arrived just after 11 p.m.
"Residents were at the windows and in some cases hanging out of the windows," he said. "We made numerous ladder rescues."
Robnett said that the two who died were living on the fourth floor.
Steve Southard, the maintenance manager in the building, said that they were a couple from Asia who have lived in the building since the early 1970s. The man was a janitor for Aurora Public Schools, and his wife was a very friendly woman who always took time to acknowledge Southard's children, he said.
Southard said, "She always had the time to hug my son. Then she'd walk next door to the 7-11 and buy him a banana. That boy loves bananas."
"Two of my tenants, I knew personally, died in the fire," Southard said. "That makes me beyond mad. I want justice."
Injured residents are being treated for smoke inhalation and broken bones at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman, told the media that the fire has left residents of 24 apartments without homes. The Red Cross has supplied a shelter for them and the residents have been provided with clothing, as many escaped in their pajamas.
Authorities are investigating a report of a person with a gas can leaving the scene of the fire, and while the building is only one block from James Holmes' apartment, there is no evidence that the incident is connected with the recent shooting at the movie theater.