Massive fire consumes Glendale construction project

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GLENDALE, Colo. – A massive fire devoured a partially built apartment complex in Glendale Saturday night, sending up a ball of flame that could be seen for miles.

The 3-alarm fire at 801 S. Cherry St. broke out about 11:30 p.m., the Denver Fire Department reported. Witnesses speculated that there had been some kind of explosion.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced Monday its National Response Team is joining in the investigation. The fire is estimated to have caused $12 million damage.

The ATF is now working with Denver Fire, Glendale Police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations on the case.

The fire destroyed the complex before being contained within 40 minutes, DFD said. Firefighters were able to save neighboring buildings to the south and east, both of which sustained minor damage. Several cars in the area were also damaged by radiant heat, DFD reported.

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