Multiple explosions at Lakewood apartments cause evacuations

A series of explosions were reported at the Belmar Villas apartment complex in Lakewood on the morning of Feb. 21, 2014.

A series of explosions were reported at the Belmar Villas apartment complex in Lakewood on the morning of Feb. 21, 2014.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Residents at an apartment complex in Lakewood got quite a scare Friday morning, being awoken by multiple explosions at the complex.

According to a West Metro Fire spokesperson, the explosions were first reported shortly before 5 a.m. at the Belmar Villas apartments, which are located at 788 South Reed Court. The complex is just off South Pierce Street between West Alameda Avenue and West Mississippi Avenue.

Residents were evacuated from their apartments shortly after the explosions were reported, and witnesses told KWGN’s Shaul Turner that they were seeing about five explosions every 10 minutes before fire crews arrived.

“It sounded like a big bomb going off,” one resident told Turner. “I knew it was louder than a gunshot, so I jumped out of bed and woke up all my roommates. A firefighter came banging on the door shortly after that, so we all left.”

When crews did arrive on scene, they had some difficulty determining what was causing the explosions. As of 6:15 a.m., the investigation into the cause was still ongoing, but firefighters were able to pinpoint the problem to the boiler room, and said it’s very likely the explosions were caused by a natural gas leak.

At that same time, crews were scanning the complex with carbon monoxide monitors to determine if it was safe to allow residents to return.

By late Friday afternoon, West Metro Fire reported that the problem was isolated to one furnace unit.

Residents were then allowed to return to their apartments, and the case was turned over to Xcel Energy, said a spokesperson from West Metro Fire.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.